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Overview

Social divisions, like gender, ethnicity, social class and age, are core features of human society. But what effect do these social divisions have on our lives, our identities and the choices we make? What impact does the way our society operates have on the inequalities between social groups? The second edition of this popular and successful text combines a fresh perspective with an up-to-date account of familiar material, offering a vital analysis of the make-up of our society.

Social Divisions, second edition, provides a clear and accessible introduction to the structural and cultural differences between social groups. As well as explaining what social divisions are and why they offer a distinctive approach to understanding how society works, the book covers a range of social inequalities - starting with social class, gender and ethnicity, and extending to religion, nationalism, elites, age, childhood, sexuality, disability, poverty, community and health - with specially commissioned chapters from leading specialists.

In particular, this new edition: Includes three new chapters, on religion, elites and poverty, all highly relevant to today's society, Combines up-to-date statistics with revised theoretical discussion, Offers expanded pedagogical features, including self-assessment questions, study guidelines and extensive further reading. Presenting expert analyses in a combination of theory, examples and empirical data, Social Divisions, second edition, is an invaluable introductory text for sociology and social science students.

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Editorial Reviews

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Starting with an extensive treatment of the familiar social divisions (class, gender, and ethnicity), this book explores the structural differences and social inequalities that lie behind the common-sense formulations of nationalism, old age, childhood, sexuality, disability, health, and community. Contributors cover theoretical issues, examples, and empirical material, all from a sociological perspective. The tension between potential fragmentation caused by social divisions and the cohesion of social order provides a constant unifying theme throughout the book. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403944399
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Payne, a former British Sociological Association President and Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, teaches Social Divisions, and Research Methods, at Newcastle University, UK. Joint winner of the 2012 BSA/HEA National Award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology, he has worked in England and Scotland, and writes on social mobility.

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Table of Contents

1 An introduction to 'social divisions' 3
2 Class and stratification 25
3 Gender 65
4 Ethnicity 102
5 Religion 133
6 National identity 155
7 Elites 173
8 Age and old age 194
9 Childhood 216
10 Sexuality 233
11 Disability 251
12 Poverty 275
13 Community 305
14 Health 325
15 Social divisions as a sociological perspective 347
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