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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... sociology and particularly social class to often skeptical students. Our first debt must therefore be to those ... sociological approaches to social class could adequately describe let alone explain it. We have both been heavily ...
... sociology. Indeed, some sociologists have claimed that the study of class is no longer relevant to understanding contemporary society at all, if it ever was (Pakulski and Waters, 1996). Why do they think this? The main answer is the ...
... 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 kinds of ...
... 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 cessation in the traditional divisions within sociology and to a ...
... sociology, for example between neo-Marxists and neo-Weberians (Marshall et al., 1988; Erikson and Goldthorpe, 1993; Wright, 1997), as well as the acrimonious 'women and class' debate over the role of female employment and whether 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