Ideological Domination: Deconstructing the Paradox of the American Dream and the Working Class Promise

  • Betty Stoneman
Keywords: philosophy, inequality, working class, american dream

Abstract

The “American Dream” and “Working Class Promise” ideologies are ubiquitously dispersed in American society. These ideologies posit values of equality and opportunity. In this paper, I deconstruct these two ideologies in order to examine the effects these ideologies have on income inequality, social inequality, and social immobility. I argue these ideologies create a paradox in society whereby the more these
ideologies are believed, the more the ideologies exacerbate income inequality, social inequality, and social immobility.

Published
2014-04-18
How to Cite
Stoneman, B. (2014). Ideological Domination: Deconstructing the Paradox of the American Dream and the Working Class Promise. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 7(1), 105-114. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/article/view/1883
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