Social Inequality; Forms, Causes, and Consequences / Edition 3

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Rarely a day goes by without stories appearing in the newspapers about worker layoffs, racial problems, sexual discrimination, and increasing child poverty. We are surrounded by inescapable issue of social inequality. This book introduces the study of inequality with an even-handed, yet humane concern for the problems that arise from extensive inequality. This is the most thorough treatment of the effects of social inequality on physical and psychological health on the market. This thorough and up-to-date book covers various forms of inequality - economic, political, racial, and sexual. The chapters about governmental policy on inequality/poverty and social movements are unmatched in other books. This book is for anyone interested in discovering the core ideas, concepts, and relationships in the study of social inequality.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205264841
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.21 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality 1
2 Economic Inequality 13
3 Status Inequality 35
4 Classical Explanations of Inequality 60
5 Modern Explanations of Inequality 89
6 Sex and Gender Inequality 113
7 Racial and Ethnic Inequality 142
8 Political Inequality 169
9 U.S. Inequality in Comparative Perspective 193
10 The Impact of Inequality on Personal Life Chances 214
11 Crime, Protest, and Inequality 243
12 Trends in Mobility and Status Attainment: Openness in U.S. Society 269
13 Justice and Legitimacy: Assessments of the Structure of Inequality 298
14 Social Inequality and Social Movements 314
15 Inequality and Poverty Programs: Foundations and Characteristics 347
16 An Assessment of and Alternatives to Current Poverty Programs 373
Glossary of Basic Terms 391
References 395
Index 433
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