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Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Volume 7, April 2014

Betty Stoneman
Pages 105-114

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

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.

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