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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... industrial nations and the gap between it and the others has itself grown since the 1970s (Kerbo, 2003). Western European countries have also experienced greater income inequality, especially Britain during the 1980s and 1990s (Hills ...
... industrial sociology') – Working for Ford by Huw Beynon (1984, first published in 1973). As well as making a serious contribution towards a sociological understanding of the structures and processes governing social inequality, these ...
... industrial society whose origins lay in the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution and a new one which has arisen out of a post-industrial information led economy. The restructuring from one to another, a process which is far from ...
... industrial city and the slow move towards the suburbs in the context of affluence. Chapter 4 develops this argument by focusing on how scholars working in Marxist and Weberian traditions attempted to come to terms with these intra-class ...
... industrial nations. The discussions are those about the nature of postmodernity and of globalization, terms that have been highly contested both from within and outside the academic sociological community. What was once clearly in the ...
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