The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender / Edition 2

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Oriented toward the introductory student,The Inequality Reader is the essential textbook for today’s undergraduate courses. The editors, David B. Grusky and Szonja Szelényi, have assembled the most important classic and contemporary readings about how poverty and inequality are generated and how they might be reduced. With thirty new readings, the second edition provides new materials on anti-poverty policies as well as new qualitative readings that make the scholarship more alive, more accessible, and more relevant. Now more than ever, The Inequality Reader is the one-stop compendium of all the must-read pieces, simply the best available introduction to the stratifi cation canon.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Inequality is the central motivating concern of sociology, and there is no better guide to the stratifi cation canon than The Inequality Reader. In this second edition, Grusky and Szelényi take us on an occasionally challenging, sometimes humorous, often provocative, and always engaging tour of the major works on social stratifi cation.”
Dalton Conley, Professor of Sociology, Medicine, and Public Policy, New York University

“Grusky and Szelényi’s The Inequality Reader continues to set the standard for comprehensiveness and timeliness as a resource for students of social stratifi cation.”
Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

“The Inequality Reader is a remarkably rich and diverse collection, suitable for undergraduates encountering sociological analysis for the first time as well as graduate students looking for a comprehensive overview of the main strands of sociological thinking and research on inequality.”
Erik Olin Wright, Vilas Distinguished Professor, University Of Wisconsin–Madison, and President-Elect, American Sociological Association

Praise for the First Edition:

“Grusky and Szelényi have compiled a comprehensive set of essential readings that introduce students to both classical sociological thinking and modern ideas about stratification. This is an excellent resource.”
Lisa A. Keister, Professor of Sociology, Duke University

“This is a beautifully designed resource for teachers and students. The Inequality Reader reveals not only the comprehensiveness and varieties of inequality, but the interconnectedness of its class-, race-, and gender-based dimensions. With superb selections and a state-of-the-art grasp of the issues, Grusky and Szelényi show us not only the contemporary depth and breadth of injustice, exclusion, and unfreedom, but also the links between inequality's past and present forms. Highly recommended.”
Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara, and author, The World is a Ghetto; Race and Democracy since World War II

“Twenty-first century America is characterized by growing inequality and this affects our entire society. This collection of readings documents, explains, and debates the causes and consequences of inequalities in race, class and gender. Grusky and Szelényi have chosen a rich mix of theoretical and empirical analyses of the most important issues of our time. It is indeed essential reading for anyone who cares about American society and democracy.”
Mary C. Waters, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344843
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 139,163
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (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 books include Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective; Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research in Sociology and Economics; and Poverty and Inequality.

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

- Part I: Introduction -

1 David B. Grusky
The Stories About Inequality That We Love to Tell

- Part II: Does Inequality Serve a Purpose? -

2 Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E. Moore
Some Principles of Stratification
3 Claude S. Fischer, Michael Hout, Martín Sánchez Jankowski, Samuel R. Lucas, Ann Swidler, and Kim Voss
Inequality by Design
4 Alan B. Krueger
Inequality, Too Much of a Good Thing

- Part III: The Structure of Social Inequality -

5 Karl Marx
Classes in Capitalism and Pre-Capitalism
6 Erik Olin Wright
Class Counts

7 Max Weber
Class, Status, Party
8 Tak Wing Chan and John H. Goldthorpe
Is There a Status Order in Contemporary British Society?
Evidence from the Occupational Structure of Friendship

9 Emmanuel Saez
Striking It Richer
The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States
10 David B. Grusky and Kim A. Weeden
Is Market Failure Behind the Takeoff in Inequality?

- Part IV: Inequality at the Extremes -

11 C. Wright Mills
The Power Elite
12 G. William Domhoff
Who Rules America?
Power and Politics
13 Alvin W. Gouldner
The Future of Intellectuals and the Rise of the New Class
14 David Brooks
Bobos in Paradise
The New Upper Class and How They Got There

The Experience of Poverty
15 Barbara Ehrenreich
On (not) Getting by in America
16 Katherine S. Newman and Victor Tan Chen
The Missing Class
Portraits of the Near Poor in America

How Much Poverty Is There?
17 Timothy M. Smeeding
Poorer by Comparison
Poverty, Work, and Public Policy in Comparative Perspective

The Sources of Poverty and the Underclass
18 William Julius Wilson
Jobless Poverty
A New Form of Social Dislocation in the Inner-City Ghetto
19 Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton
American Apartheid
Segregation and the Making of the Underclass
20 Anne R. Pebley and Narayan Sastry
Neighborhoods, Poverty, and Children’s Well-Being

Poverty and Social Policy
21 Sharon Hays
Flat Broke with Children
Women in the Age of Welfare Reform
22 Bruce Western
Incarceration, Unemployment, and Inequality
23 Stefanie DeLuca and James E. Rosenbaum
Escaping Poverty
Can Housing Vouchers Help?

- Part V: Racial and Ethnic Inequality -

24 Michael Omi and Howard Winant
Racial Formation in the United States
From the 1960s to the 1990s
25 Reynolds Farley
Racial Identities in 2000
The Response to the Multiple-Race Response Option

26 Alejandro Portes and Min Zhou
The New Second Generation
Segmented Assimilation and Its Variants
27 Mary C. Waters
Black Identities
West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities

28 Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan
Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal?
A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination
29 Devah Pager
Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration
30 Joe R. Feagin
The Continuing Significance of Race
Antiblack Discrimination in Public Places
31 Claude Steele
Stereotype Threat and African-American Student Achievement

32 William Julius Wilson
The Declining Significance of Race
Blacks and Changing American Institutions
33 Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro
Black Wealth/White Wealth
A New Perspective on Racial Inequality
34 Herbert J. Gans
The Possibility of a New Racial Hierarchy in the
Twenty-First-Century United States
35 Lawrence Bobo
What Do You Call a Black Man with a Ph.D.?

- Part VI: Gender Inequality -

36 Judith Lorber
The Social Construction of Gender

37 Arlie Russell Hochschild
The Time Bind
When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work
38 Lisa Belkin
The Opt-Out Revolution
39 Pamela Stone
Getting to Equal
Progress, Pitfalls, and Policy Solutions on the Road to Gender Parity in the Workplace
40 Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson
The Time Divide
Work, Family, and Gender Inequality

41 Claudia Goldin and Cecilia Rouse
Orchestrating Impartiality
The Impact of “Blind” Auditions on Female Musicians
42 Shelley J. Correll, Stephen Benard, and In Paik
Getting a Job
Is There a Motherhood Penalty?
43 Barbara F. Reskin
Rethinking Employment Discrimination and Its Remedies

44 Maria Charles and David B. Grusky
Egalitarianism and Gender Inequality
45 Jerry A. Jacobs
Detours on the Road to Equality
Women, Work, and Higher Education

46 Trond Petersen and Laurie A. Morgan
The Within-Job Gender Wage Gap
47 Paula England
Devaluation and the Pay of Comparable Male and
Female Occupations
48 Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn
The Gender Pay Gap
Have Women Gone as Far as They Can?

49 Arlie Russell Hochschild
The Nanny Chain

- Part VII: Generating Inequality -

50 Timothy Egan
No Degree, and No Way Back to the Middle

51 Richard Breen, Ruud Luijkx, Walter Müller, and Reinhard Pollak
Nonpersistent Inequality in Educational Attainment
Evidence from Eight European Countries

52 David L. Featherman and Robert M. Hauser
A Refined Model of Occupational Mobility
53 Richard Breen
Social Mobility in Europe
54 Jan O. Jonsson, David B. Grusky, Matthew Di Carlo, and Reinhard Pollak
It’s a Decent Bet That Our Children Will Be Professors Too
55 Gregory Acs and Seth Zimmerman
Like Watching Grass Grow?
Assessing Changes in U.S. Intragenerational Economic Mobility over the Past Two Decades

Basic Models
56 Peter M. Blau and Otis Dudley Duncan, with the collaboration of Andrea Tyree
The Process of Stratification
57 David J. Harding, Christopher Jencks, Leonard M. Lopoo, and Susan E. Mayer
Family Background and Income in Adulthood, 1961–1999

Social Psychological Models
58 William H. Sewell, Archibald O. Haller, and Alejandro Portes
The Educational and Early Occupational Attainment Process
59 Jay MacLeod
Ain’t No Makin’ It
Leveled Aspirations in a Low-Income Neighborhood

Sibling Models
60 Dalton Conley
The Pecking Order
Which Siblings Succeed and Why

61 Mark S. Granovetter
The Strength of Weak Ties
62 Nan Lin
Social Networks and Status Attainment
63 Ronald S. Burt
Structural Holes
64 Roberto M. Fernandez and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo
Networks, Race, and Hiring

- Part VIII: The Consequences of Inequality –

65 Janny Scott
Life at the Top in America Isn’t Just Better, It’s Longer
66 John Mullahy, Stephanie Robert, and Barbara Wolfe
Health, Income, and Inequality
67 Tak Wing Chan and John H. Goldthorpe
The Social Stratification of Theatre, Dance, and Cinema Attendance
68 Annette Lareau
Unequal Childhoods
Class, Race, and Family Life
69 Eszter Hargittai
The Digital Reproduction of Inequality

- Part IX: Globalization and Inequality -

70 Joseph E. Stiglitz
Globalism’s Discontents
71 Glenn Firebaugh
The New Geography of Global Income Inequality

- Part X: What Is To Be Done? -

72 Jake Rosenfeld
Little Labor
How Union Decline Is Changing the American Landscape
73 Gary Burtless
Crisis No More
The Success of Obama’s Stimulus Program

74 James J. Heckman
Skill Formation and the Economics of Investing in Disadvantaged Children

75 David Brooks
The Harlem Miracle

76 Joshua Cohen and Charles Sabel

77 Dalton Conley
A Golden Parachute for Everyone?

78 Robert H. Frank
The Pragmatic Case for Reducing Income Inequality

79 Lucian A. Bebchuk and Jesse M. Fried
Tackling the Managerial Power Problem
The Key to Improving Executive Compensation

80 Charles Murray
Poverty and Marriage, Income Inequality and Brains

About the Editors
About the Book

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