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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... notably feminism, poststructuralism and postmodernism, as well as the work of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. The 'cultural turn' has led away from understanding social inequality through economics and politics towards symbolic ...
... notably Pierre Bourdieu (see Chapter 8), have developed a sociological approach which transgresses many, if not all, of these boundaries borrowing (at least in the UK) from a number of traditions. This has contributed towards a ...
... notably whether employment is regulated by a 'labour contract' as in the case of the working class, or a 'service relationship' as in the case of the service class (Erikson and Goldthorpe, 1993). Those in the service class (salaried ...
... notably ethnicity, gender and – to a lesser extent – age, we accept that specialists in these areas will undoubtedly find our book deficient. Structure of the book There are two main themes to this book. Firstly, that the social world ...
... notably gender, ethnicity and age (Bradley, 1996), and the role played by cultural factors as seen in the 'cultural turn' (Devine and Savage, 2005). By way of illustration, it can be argued that the politics of class identification have ...
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