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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... whilst Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, had assets of $54 billion in 2001. Levels of income inequality are widest in the United States out of all the major industrial nations and the gap between it and the others has itself ...
... whilst examples of the latter include Crompton (1998), Savage (2000) and most recently Wright (2005); readers are encouraged to refer to these sources. In relation to methodology, we are not centrally concerned with the question of ...
... Whilst we broadly endorse this position, we also think that achieving the comprehensiveness that Bradley advocates is beyond a text like ours. Therefore, while we make reference to 'other' aspects of inequality, notably ethnicity ...
... Whilst no consensus has emerged, it is clear that sociology now pays far greater attention to 'other' aspects of social inequality and difference, notably gender, ethnicity and age (Bradley, 1996), and the role played by cultural ...
... whilst locating its causes and consequences in more conventional Marxist political economy. BOX. 2.1. TIME-SPACE COMPRESSION Harvey (1989) argues that postmodernism is a cultural construct of the flexible accumulation of the economy, or ...
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