Social Capital and Social Inequality

  • Brian J. Jones


Subjective social class (that is, how Americans self-identify in terms of class) is discussed in terms of the influence it can hold on personal identity and social capital. From there, Jones examines the data in terms of social class. Subjective social class is shown to have strong associations for education, work, job satisfaction, family commitment, marital happiness, voluntary association, friendship and kinship socializing, trust, and other previously discussed social structures.


Upper class Middle class Working class Lower class 


  1. Grusky, David B., editor, Social Stratification: Class, Race and Gender in Sociological Perspective (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2014).Google Scholar
  2. Lareau, Annette, and Dalton Conley, editors, Social Class: How Does It Work? (New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian J. Jones
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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