Social Inequality : Forms, Causes, and Consequences / Edition 7

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A broad introduction to inequality both nationally and internationally.

This text is intended as a broad introduction to the many types of inequality in U.S. society and in the global setting. The authors provide a wide range of explanations on inequality and offering analyses of policy attempts to address these issues.

The text provides data from the latest research in its discussions of economic, status, political, gender, sexual, and racial/ethnic inequalities.

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An introduction to the study of social inequality for undergraduates majoring in sociology. After discussion of core issues, material is presented on forms, explanations, and consequences of social inequality, and stability and change. This third edition adds critical thinking questions, a glossary, brief articles from newspapers, and new material on methodological and conceptual issues, downward mobility, welfare policy, and the effects of segregation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
An introduction to the study of social inequality, for undergraduates. Addresses economic, status, gender, ethnic, and political dimensions of inequality, shows how inequality affects society and individuals, surveys classical and contemporary explanations from sociology, economics, and anthropology, and discusses stability and change in socioeconomic inequality. This second edition includes separate chapters on race and gender, material with an international perspective, and expanded treatment of stereotyping. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205698295
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/17/2009
  • Series: MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles E. Hurst grew up on the ethnic south-side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his experiences there fostered a life-long interest in social inequality and social theory. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and later his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He retired in 2008 as Professor of Sociology from The College of Wooster, after having taught courses on inequality in America and social theory for over 40 years. His research resulted in articles on class consciousness, status inconsistency, and socioeconomic status and health care, and most recently, Amish society. His books include The Anatomy of Social Inequality (C. V. Mosby 1979), Living Theory: The Application of Classical Social Theory to Contemporary Life, 2nd edition (Allyn & Bacon 2005), and Social Inequality: Forms, Causes and Consequences, 7th edition (Allyn & Bacon 2010). During the last several years, his interest in social inequality led him to conduct research on issues related to women’s status, wealth, and class distinctions within the Ohio Amish community. With a colleague, he has completed the first in-depth study of this settlement, soon to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press as An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World’s Largest Amish Community.

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality 1
Pt. 1 Forms of Social Inequality
2 Economic Inequality 12
3 Status Inequality 35
4 Sex and Gender Inequality 60
5 Sexual Orientation and Inequality 89
6 Racial and Ethnic Inequality 108
7 Political Inequality 135
8 U.S. Inequality in Comparative Perspective 155
Pt. 2 General Explanations of Inequality
9 Classical Explanations of Inequality 176
10 Modern Explanations of Inequality 203
Pt. 3 Consequences of Social Inequality
11 The Impact of Inequality on Personal Life Chances 224
12 Deviance, Protest, and Inequality 246
Pt. 4 Stability and Change in the System of Social Inequality
13 Trends in Mobility and Status Attainment: Openness in U.S. Society 274
14 Justice and Legitimacy: Assessments of the Structure of Inequality 298
15 Social Inequality and Social Move 316
16 Addressing Inequality and Poverty: Programs and Reforms 348
Glossary of Basic Terms 376
References 381
Index 429
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