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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... class French banlieue and the North American ghetto Potential career routes and exemplar interviewees amongst young people 124 126 132 159 Acknowledgements This book has, like many if not most academic • viii • ••• Figures and Tables •••
... Young (1960). Education – Learning to Labour: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs by Paul Willis (1977). Employment (or what used to be called 'industrial sociology') – Working for Ford by Huw Beynon (1984, first published in ...
... , such as rates of illness or the proportion of young people going to university, and this allows the measurement of Table 1.1 Registrar General's Social Class scheme Social Class Occupations. •5• ••• Introduction •••
... Young, 1960). This developed into a growing debate over the usefulness of the manual/ non-manual divide in the form of the so-called embourgeoisement thesis and its more celebrated riposte in the 'Affluent Worker' study undertaken among ...
... young unskilled workers in car plants such as Renault's at Billancourt and the skilled apprentices in Aerospatiale. This fitted with the arguments being advanced by Herbert Marcuse (1964) about a new class coalition of the dispossessed ...
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