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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... stratification and especially class. Although the intellectual underpinnings of this concern were diverse, as we discuss below, the result was a rich seam of sociological research which placed socio-economic inequality centre-stage ...
... stratification to sociology undergraduates for several years, many of whom have come from working-class, poor and otherwise disadvantaged backgrounds, we are aware that some of the established •4• ••• Understanding Social Inequality •••
... stratification in advanced societies tended to focus upon differences between such 'second world' societies and 'first world' Western capitalist societies (Giddens, 1973; Hamilton and Hirszowicz, 1993). Since the demise of the state ...
... stratification between the United States and Britain. The history and operationalization of the National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification (NS-SEC) can be found at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/methods_quality/ ns_sec/default.asp ...
... stratification in advanced industrial nations. The discussions are those about the nature of postmodernity and of globalization, terms that have been highly contested both from within and outside the academic sociological community ...
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