The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities is a first-rate collection of social science scholarship on inequalities, emphasizing race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, and nationality.

  • Highlights themes that represent the scope and range of theoretical orientations, contemporary emphases, and emerging topics in the field of social inequalities.
  • Gives special attention to debates in the field, developing trends and directions, and interdisciplinary influences in the study of social inequalities.
  • Includes an editorial introduction and suggestions for further reading.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The topic of social inequality is so vast that no one collection of articles will ever be definitive. Having said that, this collection is as close to that mark as I have seen since Bendix and Lipset’s Class, Status and Power.” Troy Duster, New York University

“The editors and the diverse group of scholars they have brought together give us one of today’s definitive sociological examinations of inequality. They remind us that inequalities are produced, and they revisit the multiple interpretations we have come up with over the decades.” Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and its Discontents

The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities is one of those unique texts that transcend the limits of earlier efforts, transforming learning and teaching opportunities in its area. Highly recommended.” Howard Winant, University of California at Santa Barbara

"The book is an excellent international and up to date reference volume on social inequality." Reference Reviews

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Meet the Author

Mary Romero is Professor at Arizona State University and the 2004 recipient of the Lee Founders Award given by the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She is currently co-chair elect of LatCrit Inc. She is the author of Maid in the USA (1992) and her coedited books include Challenging Fronteras (1997), Women’s Untold Stories (1999), and Latina and Latino Popular Culture (2002).

Eric Margolis is Associate Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University. His recent publications include: AIDS Research/AIDS Policy: Competing Paradigms of Science and Public Policy, Researchin Social Policy, Volume 6 (1998), and The Hidden Curriculum in Higher Education (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Notes on Contributors.



Part I: Conceptualizing Inequalities:.

1. Historical Perspectives on Inequality: Charles Tilly (Columbia University).

2. Social Exclusion: New Inequality Paradigm for the Era of Globalization?: Ronaldo Munck (University of Liverpool).

3. Unequal Nations: Race, Citizen, and the Politics of Recognition: Sallie Westwood (University of Manchester).

4. Intimate Citizenship in an Unjust World: Ken Plummer (University of Essex).

5. Domination, Resistance, and Subjectivity: Barry D. Adam (University of Windsor).

Part II: Epistemology, Method, and Inequality:.

6. Conceptualizing a Critical Race Theory in Sociology: Tara J. Yosso (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Daniel G. Solórzano (University of California, Los Angeles).

7. Environmental Racism: Inequality in a Toxic World: David Pellow (University of California, San Diego).

8. Labor-market Inequality: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class: Irene Browne (Emory University) and Joya Misra (University of Massachusetts-Amherst).

9. What Counts? Definition, Measurement, and Legitimacy in Studies of Homelessness: Malcolm Williams (University of Plymouth).

Part III: Family, Community, and Education:.

10. Children and Inequality: Julia Wrigley and Joanna Dreby (both City University of New York).

11. Parenting and Inequality: Rachel Grob (Sarah Lawrence College) and Barbara Katz Rothman (City University of New York).

12. Migrant Networks: A Summary and Critique of Relational Approaches to International Migration: Steven J. Gold (Michigan State University).

13. Race, Education, and Inequality: Caroline Hodges Persell and Giselle F. Hendrie (both New York University).

Part IV: Policy Responses to Inequalities:.

14. Beyond Dependency: Welfare States and the Configuration of Social Inequality: Lynne Haney (New York University) and Robin Rogers-Dillon (City University of New York).

15. Inequalities, Crime, and Citizenship: Nigel South (University of Essex).

16. Disability and Social Inequalities: Mark Priestley (University of Leeds).

17. Culture of Medicine and Racial, Ethnic, and Class Disparities in Healthcare: Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good (Harvard Medical School), Cara James (Harvard University), Byron J. Good (Harvard Medical School), and Anne E. Becker(Harvard Medical School).

18. The Nervous Gaze: Backpacking in Africa: Claudia Bell (University of Auckland).

19. Origins and Contours of the Population Debate: Inequality, Population.

Politics, and NGOs: Tulsi Patel: University of Delhi and Navtej Purewal (University of Manchester).

Part V: Media, Technology, and Inequalities:.

20. Selling Images of Inequality: Hollywood Cinema and the Reproduction of Racial and Gender Stereotypes: Norman K. Denzin (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

21. In the Shadow of Cultural Imperialism: Television and National Identities in the Era of Globalization: Chris Barker (University of Wollongong).

22. Minding the Cyber-Gap, The Internet and Social Inequality: Wenhong Chen (University of Toronto) and Barry Wellman (University of Toronto).

23. New Global Technologies of Power: Cybernetic Capitalism and Social Inequality: Stephen Pfohl (Boston College).


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