Understanding Social Inequality
"This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in class, inequality, poverty and politics. Actually, probably more importantly it should be read by people who think that those things do not matter! It provides a wonderful summation of the huge amount of work on these topics that now exists and it also offers its own distinctive perspectives on a set of issues that are - despite the claims of some influential commentators - still central to the sociological enterprise and, indeed to political life."
- Roger Burrows, University of York
"A clear and compelling analysis of the dynamics of social and spatial inequality in an era of globalisation. This is an invaluable resource for students and scholars in sociology, human geography and the social sciences more generally."
With the declining attention paid to social class in sociology, how can we analyze continuing and pervasive socio-economic inequality? What is the impact of recent developments in sociology on how we should understand disadvantage?
Moving beyond the traditional dichotomies of social theory, this book brings the study of social stratification and inequality into the 21st century. Starting with the widely agreed ′fact′ that the world is becoming more unequal, this book brings together the ′identity of displacement′ in sociology and the ′spaces of flow′ of geography to show how place has become an increasingly important focus for understanding new trends in social inquality.
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... Savage's project to make class a central part of the sociological account of contemporary life. We also both acknowledge a debt to Chris Hamnett who, at different times and in different institutions, supervised our doctoral theses, and ...
... (Savage et al., 2004, 2005a, 2005b). This shift in the significance of class can be illustrated by the career of Ray Pahl, a prominent British sociologist. During the 1960s, Pahl was one of the major advocates of the utility of class as ...
... Savage, 2005), as exemplified by the influential and expanding field of cultural studies (Munt, 2000). Class is no longer 'king' – there has been a progressive expansion of the domain of inequality to incorporate elements previously ...
... Savage (2000) and most recently Wright (2005); readers are encouraged to refer to these sources. In relation to methodology, we are not centrally concerned with the question of exactly how one operationalizes the concept of social class ...
... Savage, 2005). By way of illustration, it can be argued that the politics of class identification have been replaced by a politics in which constructions of identity are now far more complex than the relatively simple formulations of ...
Chapter 4 The Aftermath of Affluence
Chapter 5 New Spatial and Social Divisions of Labour
Chapter 6 Poverty Social Exclusion and the Welfare State
Chapter 7 New Work and New Workers
Chapter 8 Class Identity