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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... relations of consumption ('you are what you buy') are more significant. Another possibility is that spatial relations ('you are where you live') have grown in social importance to supplant those derived from social class (Savage et al ...
... relation to the analysis of social inequality. The introduction of new theoretical approaches and perspectives, notably feminism, poststructuralism and postmodernism, as well as the work of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. The ...
... relation to methodology, we are not centrally concerned with the question of exactly how one operationalizes the concept of social class in survey research, typically via the employment of occupational schemes which are often ...
... relations, 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 ...
... relations. Many of these case studies are furthermore attentive to the spatial context of social action and again ... relation to the circumstances of those at the bottom of the socio-economic hierarchy partially at least as a ...
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