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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... migration Conclusion In this chapter, we focus on two linked discussions that, over the past quarter of a century, have unsettled the ways that we had come to understand the nature of social stratification in advanced industrial nations ...
... migration involve both economic factors, as migrants seek an improved standard of living, but also increasingly political factors as they flee social turbulence and persecution. This can be seen in the recent flows of migrants to ...
... migration has meant that the major cities and industrial zones of many North American and European societies are increasingly multi-ethnic in character. Foreign-born residents make up a large minority of the urban population in many ...
... migration is its association with the movement of women; Ehrenreich and Hochschild (2003) estimate that women make up half of the 120 million legal and illegal migrants. Feminists have drawn attention to the 'feminization of migration ...
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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