Inequality: Classic Readings in Race, Class, and Gender

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The field of inequality emerged out of a set of classic texts—important works that students and scholars continue to read and inform their ongoing research. Often controversial and deeply influential, these texts formed the field as we know it and serve as cornerstones even today. For the first time, these 20 classic texts have now been brought together in a new reader, Inequality: Classic Readings in Race, Class, and Gender. Edited by David B. Grusky and Szonja Szelényi, this important new volume provides: A solid introduction to fundamental concepts, theories, and empirical results. Carefully excerpted pieces that highlight the essential contributions while maintaining ample context for informed, serious discussion. A coherent selection of core readings appropriate for all inequality courses. The collection is a natural starting point for all new students of inequality as well as a useful reference for advanced scholars who could benefit from easy access to the classics. When used in inequality courses, the selections provided here may be supplemented with contemporary articles and books, thus allowing teachers the convenience of relying on a single source that distills the must-reads with the flexibility of tailoring contemporary readings to a particular course focus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343303
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 801,042
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Grusky is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University . His recent books include Inequality: Classic Readings in Race, Class, and Gender (Westview Press); Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men; Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research in Sociology and Economics; Poverty and Inequality; and The Declining Significance of Gender? Szonja Szelényi has taught at Stanford University, The University of Wisconsin, and Cornell University. She is the author of Equality By Design.

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Table of Contents

Is inequality inevitable?
1 Some principles of stratification 1
2 Some principles of stratification : a critical analysis 7
The structure of social inequality
3 Classes in capitalism and pre-capitalism 21
4 Class, status, party 37
5 The division of labor in society 55
6 Equality and inequality in modern society, or social stratification revisited 65
Inequality at the extremes
7 The power elite 71
8 Jobless poverty : a new form of social dislocation in the inner-city ghetto 87
9 American apartheid : segregation and the making of the underclass 103
Racial, ethnic, and gender inequality
10 A theory of ethnic antagonism : the split labor market 119
11 The declining significance of race : blacks and changing American institutions 141
12 The immigrant enclave : theory and empirical examples 161
13 The unhappy marriage of Marxism and feminism : towards a more progressive union 179
14 Labor markets as queues : a structural approach to changing occupational sex composition 191
Generating inequality
15 Sponsored and contest mobility and the school system 207
16 The process of stratification 217
17 The educational and early occupational attainment process 237
18 Cultural reproduction and social reproduction 257
The consequences of inequality
19 The theory of the leisure class 273
20 Distinction : a social critique of the judgement of taste 287
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