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The Economic Other: Inequality in the American Political Imagination

Meghan Condon and Amber Wichowsky


Economic inequality is at a record high in the United States, but public demand for redistribution is not rising with it. This book shows that this paradox and other mysteries about class and American politics can be solved through a focus on social comparison. Powerful currents in American society compete to propel attention up or down—toward the rich or the poor—pulling politics along in the wake. Through an astute blend of experiments, surveys, and descriptions people offer in their own words, The Economic Other reveals that when less-advantaged Americans compare with the rich, they become ... More

Keywords: economic inequality, redistribution, class, American politics, social comparison, rich, poor, public opinion, status, experiments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226691732
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226691909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meghan Condon, author
Loyola University Chicago

Amber Wichowsky, author
Marquette University