Teaching Economic Inequality and Capitalism in Contemporary America

  • Kristin Haltinner
  • Leontina Hormel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Walda Katz-Fishman
    Pages 1-10
  3. Making the Personal Political: The Stories of Capitalism

  4. Making Marxist Theory Real

  5. Applied Pedagogical Strategies for Course Development

  6. Intersections: Global and Local

  7. Capitalism and Higher Education: Constraints and Opportunities

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 321-380

About this book


This book discusses pedagogical solutions that enable students to see how capitalist processes and economic inequalities intersect and shape our assumptions and behaviours. The contributors provide thoughtful reflections on the struggles and opportunities instructors face in teaching about these topics while competing against the invisibility of capitalist forces and prevalent social myths, such as “anyone who works hard can achieve”. This book will not only help instructors empower students to recognize economic injustice and its interaction with capitalist organization, but also develops and acts on transformative solutions. Through analysis of the classed dimensions of the current political, economics, and cultural climate, as well as presenting novel lesson plans and classroom activities, this book is of great value for college and university professors.


Social Class Inequality Teaching in Late Capitalism Hegemonic Ideology of Meritocracy Teaching Economic Inequality Pedagogical Techniques in Teaching Courses Techniques Teaching Capitalism and Economic Inequality Radical Pedagogical Homesteading Reviewing Scaffolding Sociology of Conflict and Violence in the US Challenging Hegemonic Ideas on Poverty Class Inequality Impact of Economic Inequality on Students Teaching Science and Technology Studies (STS) Transnational Comparison Teaching Global Social and Economic Inequality Black Student Protest Developing Politically Engaged Citizens Capitalism and the Cost of Textbooks

Editors and affiliations

  • Kristin Haltinner
    • 1
  • Leontina Hormel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71140-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71141-6
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