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Restructuring Britain: The Changing Social Structure
     

Restructuring Britain: The Changing Social Structure

by Chris Hamnett (Editor), Linda McDowell (Editor), Philip Sarre (Editor)
 

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In the past decade, it is often argued, the enterprise culture, monetarism and hands-off government have inaugurated a new phase of social change in the United Kingdom. But how widespread or profound is the metamorphosis?

The Changing Social Structure addresses the major topics of the current debate and explores the significance of recent cultural

Overview

In the past decade, it is often argued, the enterprise culture, monetarism and hands-off government have inaugurated a new phase of social change in the United Kingdom. But how widespread or profound is the metamorphosis?

The Changing Social Structure addresses the major topics of the current debate and explores the significance of recent cultural developments. Is there more social equality or less? How have changes in occupations, income and wealth affected the class structure? How do ethnic minorities fit into that structure? What has been the impact of women's increasing participation in the labour market? What effect has privatization had on housing, education and health care? How far has the north-south divide widened?

This stimulating introduction to contemporary British society investigates the realities behind the myths and assumptions. By exploring the nature and scale of the changes that have occurred, the volume enables the reader to analyse and evaluates the theories that attempt to explain them.

Clearly written and illustrated with numerous figures and tables, this thought-provoking textbook is essential reading for students and lecturers in sociology, geography, economics and politics, as well as those taking interdisciplinary courses on modern Britain.

The Changing Social Structure is a course book for the Open University course, D314 Restructuring Britain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803982000
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/01/1989
Series:
Published in association with The Open University Series
Pages:
300

Meet the Author

Linda Mc Dowell is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford.

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