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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... Class Identity Bibliography Notes Index vii 11 36 57 76 100 135 165 189 211 215. ••••••••. List of Figures and Tables Figures 2.1 MES building in • v • Contents.
... class identification have been replaced by a politics in which constructions of identity are now far more complex than the relatively simple formulations of even 30 years ago (Devine et al., 2005; Ransome, 2005). We conclude our ...
... identity and, it is claimed, a decline in the importance of the nation Work and stratification in post-war Britain Class theory in British. •25• ••• Modernity, Postmodernity and Globalization •••
... class. The social certainties that stemmed from this period were those of nationalism and social deference. By contrast, the new watchwords are 'identity' and 'difference' – giving rise, for example, to concerns about 'religious ...
... class, there has been an underlying deepening of the dominance of capital which has now become increasingly ... identity far more complex than it was 30 or 40 years ago. The increased disjuncture between places of work, home and leisure ...
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