Social inequality is a popular subject to use for students engaged in the field of sociology. There are hundreds of different intellectual avenues for you to explore in the area of social inequality! Perhaps the basic question that is being asked when we consider inequality in our societies is “who gets what, and why?”
For your next sociology research paper, you may choose to use this as a topic for discussion. We've put together a list of some issues and problems related to inequality that may inspire you.
Research papers in sociology frequently have focused on systemic discrimination against woman. Of course, there are still many areas to explore here, and new academic ground is constantly being broken. But what about discrimination against men?
Some people have argued that our attempts to address imbalances that traditionally held women back, now take away opportunities away from qualified men to apply for jobs. Have affirmative action policies done more harm than good?Social Inequality Based On Ethnicity
You could examine the impact that an individual's ethnicity has on their life prospects in your own city or country, or in a foreign one. In some countries it is believed that how light or dark your skin is reflects your social status, and standing within the community. India is one country where this may be true, and Thailand is another.
Are lesbians on the receiving end of more, or less discrimination than gay men? Do gay bars hire straight men or any women? Are these social inequalities justifiable? If a man is attracted to very young girls (or boys) and this fact is known (but he has never been convicted of a sexual offense), is he fit to teach kindergarten? Discrimination, or protecting our children?
Are senior citizens systematically placed in a position of disadvantage as a result of their age? Young people have the highest rates of unemployment in many European countries, is this a form of social inequality? Is it possible (or desirable) to try and “fix” the problem?
By allowing wealthy “investor immigrants” to come to our country, are we causing greater social inequalities based on wealth in our own communities? Or are the investors creating jobs that benefit our unemployed?
Those are just a few pointers to get the ideas flowing, the possibilities for your next sociology research paper are endless!
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