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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... Labour: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs by Paul Willis (1977). Employment (or what used to be called ... processes governing social inequality, these kinds of books were often written in a highly readable style which could ...
... processes as a result of gender inequalities in welfare regimes, labour markets and households (Kofman et al., 2000; Freedman, 2003). As we discuss further in subsequent chapters, many women migrate from less developed countries to ...
... process of political convergence is sometimes referred to as 'Butskellism' after RAB Butler and Hugh Gaitskell who were respectively deputy leader and leader of the Conservative and Labour Parties but who both failed to become Prime ...
... labour in the working class: Lowest grade – the disabled, 'unadjusted', handicapped Labourers The Semi-skilled ... method to investigate the interactions between work situations, class situations and social structure in a mining village ...
... process which was routinely wheeled out by psephologists, journalists and political commentators in order to explain ... Labour Party, the affluent workers would be more instrumental in their loyalties and would only support such ...
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