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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... traditional divisions within sociology and to a more synthetic approach which has also seen a blurring of boundaries with cognate disciplines and fields, notably human geography, cultural studies and social policy. Thus, although we ...
... traditional' (pre-industrial) and 'modern' (industrial) societies (Parsons, 1970). Sociology was essentially about understanding the functioning of modern society. The Enlightenment dominated Western thought throughout the nineteenth ...
... from the highest quality 'traditional' materials to witness the power and cultural capital of their new occupants. The 'big six' law firms either located to Canary Wharf or built •23• ••• Modernity, Postmodernity and Globalization •••
... traditional metanarratives that have sustained us to date. By this, he means a coherent set of beliefs or knowledges, such as we saw arising out of the Enlightenment or indeed the ones that were displaced by the Enlightenment. 'The ...
... traditional debates in social theory nor is it easily categorized into more political right–left differences. Indeed, they point out that analysts who share broadly common starting points – whether neo-liberal or Marxist – often come to ...
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