Why do some members of society possess a greater share of societal rewards (income, power, prestige) and access to resources (employment, education, healthcare) while others have very little? The study of social inequality is arguably the most fundamental area of sociological investigation. This area is concerned with how various forms of social, economic, and political organization influence the distribution of valued resources among members of society. It also seeks to identify the social forces that reproduce gender, race, and class stratification or serve as catalysts of change. Excellence in social inequality research continues to be a hallmark of Purdue Sociology.
The Social Inequality area aims to provide students with a broad overview of the field, its development, and current debates, and prepare students to become outstanding researchers and teachers.
Scholars in the area are currently exploring a broad array of topics, both international and domestic, drawing from macro and micro theories, and employing a variety of research methods.