Introduction to Social Mobility and Poverty

What you’ll learn to do: examine social mobility and poverty

Do you believe in the American Dream? How plausible do you think it is for someone to grow up in poverty and to become a millionaire? Watch this video from popular vlogger John¬†Green to ponder how “open” our “open system” of stratification is in the United States. How does it compare to other open systems of stratification like those found in Denmark and Canada?¬†How does systemic inequality of opportunity, particularly for racial and ethnic minorities, and for women, affect one’s ability to move up the social class ladder?

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