Social Inequalities in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

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This unique collection of original essays brings a comparative perspective to issues of social inequality. First-rate sociologists from around the world have contributed to this exciting and rigorous volume, drawing upon their own research in the fields of race and ethnicity, class and inequality, and gender and sexuality.

  • Contains original essays by first-rate scholars on issues of social inequalities around the world
  • Features research and examples from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Portugal, Finland, and Japan
  • Reviews research on issues of social inequalities from the fields of race, class, and gender
  • Reflects on methodological issues and the strengths of qualitative research
  • Provides students with an important overview of the development of social stratification studies
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"Extremely worthwhile in conception, and in parts excellent and interesting." Ethnic and Racial Studies

"This book makes fascinating reading and is a valuable educational, research and methodological resource." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631226840
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/23/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Fiona Devine is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Affluent Workers Revisited (1992), Social Class in America and Britain (1997), and Class Practices: How Parents Help Their Children Get Good Jobs (2003). She is the co-author, with Sue Heath, of Sociological Research Methods in Context (1999).

Mary C. Waters is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Harvard University, and co-director of The New York Second Generation Project. Her publications include Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America, (1990); the award-winning Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities (1999); The New Race Question: How the Census Counts Multi-Racial Individuals (with Joel Perlmann, 2002); and The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation (with Peggy Levitt, 2002). Professor Waters was a Guggenheim Fellow (1993-94) and a Visiting Scholar at Russell Sage (1991-92).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in the United States 20
2 The "Language of Race," Identity Options, and "Belonging" in the Quebec Context 39
3 Race and Ethnicity in France 66
4 Racisms, Ethnicities, and British Nation-Making 89
5 Working Poor, Working Hard: Trajectories at the Bottom of the American Labor Market 116
6 Class and Social Inequalities in Portugal: From Class Structure to Working-Class Practices on the Shop Floor 141
7 Understanding Class Inequality in Australia 163
8 Talking about Class in Britain 191
9 Research on Gender Stratification in the US 214
10 The Japanese Paradox: Women's Voices of Fulfillment in the Face of Inequalities 237
11 Catching Up? Changing Inequalities of Gender at Work and in the Family in the UK 257
12 Gender and Work-Related Inequalities in Finland 283
Index 307
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