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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... areas will undoubtedly find our book deficient. Structure of the book There are two main themes to this book. Firstly, that the social world has changed immensely over the last 50 years and that the 1970s/1980s marked a tipping point ...
... areas of Comparative Studies. There are two compelling reasons why the Enlightenment is the subject of a common course for students in the School of Humanities and Comparative Studies. The first is that it was such a comprehensive ...
... areas of Europe before coming to a shuddering halt with the economic depression and political instability in the late 1920s. The subsequent experience of extremism together with the widespread social cohesion of wartime existence during ...
... areas is the end of certainty. Butler and Ford argue that this came of age in the events of September 11th in which the War on Terror became the new zeitgeist in that it is a war on an abstraction but, like the assassination of ...
... area for Canada's immigrant population' (Murdie, 1998: 65). Toronto now effectively represents 'the world in a city' as nearly half of its population is made up of immigrants who are increasingly drawn from a wide range of Asian ...
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