Social Class and Stratification: Classic Statements and Theoretical Debates / Edition 1

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'Social Class and Stratification' brings together classical statements on social stratification with current and original scholarship to provide a foundation for theoretical debate on the nature of race, class, and gender inequality. A section on American stratification theory opens with Warner, continuing the debate on the functionalist theory of stratification. Further selections by Parkin and Wright revitalize the debates on the nature of social class today. Readings by Acker, Hartmann, Baca-Zinn and Dill examine our understanding of gender inequality, while theories by DuBois, Cox, and others provide competing theoretical foundations for understanding the complexity of race. Finally, an essay by Patricia Hill Collins discusses the basis for conceptualizing the intersection of race, class, and gender. Levine's concluding chapter reflects on the importance of class analysis and offers an excellent overview of recent theory and research on the intersection of race, class, and gender inequality. This new edition includes a revised and updated Editor's Introduction and Conclusion, along with five new chapters on race and gender from top researchers in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

J Craig Jenkins
A first-rate, long-needed collection of classic statements of stratification theory along with a fresh, up-to-date statement of the complex intersections among class, race, and gender inequalities. This will go a long way to filling a major gap in existing collections.
Cliff Brown
Levine deftly combines vital statements from one hundred fifty years of social science theory with useful introductory essays, concise definitions, insightful summaries, and helpful supplementary reading lists. The work provides a solid, accessible, and analytically rigorous foundation upon which to build a comprehensive undergraduate course in either social stratification or sociological theory. In addition to its content, the book’s organization and brevity help to make Social Class and Stratification a valuable teaching resource. . . . Levine has done a remarkable job of representing a massive field of scholarship with sixteen essential readings. . . . The classical selections contained in this volume allow readers to appreciate the evolution of stratification theory over time, while the contemporary selections on race and gender promote the development of a multi-faceted, historically informed, and analytically sophisticated framework for understanding the cause and consequences of inequality.
Edna Bonacich
Especially impressive is this book's effort to bring the theoretical debates on class and stratification to bear on issues of gender and racial stratification . . . Not only has Levine provided her readers with classic statements on these issues, but she has also provided us with excellent summaries of the analysis of capitalist inequality, and of the way capitalism interacts with race and gender . . . This volume is a definite advance over most books on this topic, moving beyond the descriptive and experiential level to a more analytical approach.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847685431
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhonda F. Levine is professor of sociology at Colgate University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I. Classical Perspectives on Social Class Chapter 4 Manifesto of the Communist Party Chapter 5 On Classes Chapter 6 Class, Status, Party Chapter 7 Related Readings Part 8 Part II. American Stratification Theory Chapter 9 What Social Class Is in America Chapter 10 Some Principles of Stratification Chapter 11 Some Principles of Stratification: A Critical Analysis Chapter 12 Related Readings Part 13 Part III. Neo-Marxian and Neo-Weberian Perspectives on Social Class Chapter 14 Karl Marx and Weber: Problems of Class Structure Chapter 15 Marxism and Class Theory: A Bourgeois Critique Chapter 16 Class Analysis Chapter 17 Related Readings Part 18 Part IV. Nonclass Forms of Inequality: Statements on Gender and Racial Stratification Chapter 19 The Patriarchal Family Chapter 20 The Position of Women Chapter 21 Class, Status, and Gender Chapter 22 Double-Consciousness and the Veil Chapter 23 Facets of the Negro Problem Chapter 24 Race and Class Chapter 25 Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection Chapter 26 Related Readings Chapter 27 Conclusion Chapter 28 Index

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