Class Stratification in America
I found many good current resources on income, wealth and class in America. Remember that income is not the only important factor; wealth/ownership of assets is also important.
The social aspects of class full under what I think of as “socio-economic” status: you and your immediate family’s education, travel, occupations and to what social status you presume play a role.
Here are just a few. I am starting with the book that helped make me a radical, even though its data is now outdated. (I don’t find an edition newer than 1981 but let me know if you find one.)
Gabriel Kolko, Wealth And Power In America: An Analysis Of Social Class And Income Distribution
(editions 1969, 1974, 1981)
Easy read and nice online walk-through: The Class Structure in the U.S.
Wikipedia on Social Class in the United States
In-depth New York Times series: Class Matters. The series description: “ABOUT THE SERIES
A team of reporters spent more than a year exploring ways that class – defined as a combination of income, education, wealth and occupation – influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of unbounded opportunity.”
Say it ain’t so: Hard work and smarts aren’t enough: “We Are Not All Created Equal” in Esquire December 13, 2011.
Check Google Images for “class structure in America” and you’ll find amazing graphics.
Homeless with Health Problems
“Health Problems Compound for Aging Homeless” National Public Radio report.
“Health Care and Homelessness” by an advocacy organization.
“Perceived Treatment Efficacy for Conventional and Alternative Therapies Reported by Persons with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities” Scholarly paper on a National Institute of Health website. Has a good summary describing chemical sensitivities.