The field of stratification is being transformed and reshaped by advances in theory and quantitative modeling as well as by new approaches to the analysis of economic, racial, and gender inequality. Although these developments are revolutionary in their implications, until now there has been no comprehensive effort to bring together the classic articles that have defined and redefined the contours of the field. In this up-to-date anthology, the history of stratification research unfolds in systematic fashion, with the introductory articles in each section providing examples of the major research traditions in the field and the concluding essays commissioned from leading scholars providing broader programmatic statements that identify current controversies and unresolved issues. This comprehensive reader is designed as a primary text for introductory courses on social stratification and as a supplementary text for advanced courses on social classes, occupations, labor markets, or social mobility. This volume offers essential reading for undergraduates who require an introduction to the field, for graduate students who wish to broaden their understanding of stratification research, and for advanced scholars who seek a basic reference guide. Although most of the selections are middle range theoretical pieces suitable for introductory courses, the anthology also includes advanced contributions on the cutting edge of research. The editor outlines a modified study plan for undergraduate students requiring a basic introduction to the field.
Brings together classic and recent articles demonstrating how the field is being transformed by advances in theory and quantitative modeling as well as by new approaches to the analysis of economic, racial, and gender inequality. Introductory articles provide examples of major research traditions in the field, and concluding essays provide broader programmatic statements that identify current controversies and unresolved issues. Can be used as a primary text for introductory courses in social stratification, and as a supplementary text for advanced courses in occupations, labor markets, and social mobility. Grusky directs the Center for the Study of Inequality and teaches sociology at Cornell University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
Social Stratification In Sociological Perspective is a college-level treatise on social issues affecting class, race and gender appears in its second edition to discuss the evolving field of stratification. College students will find a survey of stratification research, with articles in different sections examining the field and its broader issues and controversies. This comprehensive reader may well serve as a classroom text on the topic for sociology courses.
From the Publisher
“A clear and in-depth discussion of how social policy has dealt with issues of poverty and inequality, and is a ‘must’ for any college-level collection.” —The Midwest Book Review
Praise for the prior editions:
"Even America is not immune to the forces that give rise to class warfare. Now in a thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded third edition, Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective by David B. Grusky continues to be the primary text comprising contributions by leading academicians and researchers on the issues associated with poverty and inequality within the United States. A standard text for more than a decade, this new third edition is an impressive body of sustained and seminal scholarship continues to insure that Social Stratification is an invaluable and emphatically recommended, core addition to professional and academic library Sociological Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."
—The Midwest Book Review
"While maintaining the depth and breadth of its predecessor, more than 30 new contributions to the second edition of Social Stratification strengthen its coverage of new theoretical and empirical work in social stratification. It reflects a clear vision of the scientific and intellectual history of the field, but it will also shape research and scholarship for years to come. For researchers, teachers, and students, Social Stratification will be an indispensable resource."
—Robert M. Hauser, National Research Council
"The revised edition of Social Stratification is the definitive reader in the field. In this new edition, the author has revised virtually every section, adding both additional classics and new essays. For coverage of the field, this is a must-read."
—Barbara Reskin, University of Washington
David B. Grusky is professor of sociology at Stanford University, director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, founder and coeditor of Pathways Magazine, and coeditor of the Stanford University Press Social Inequality Series. His recent books include Occupy the Future, The New Gilded Age, The Great Recession, The Inequality Reader (Westview Press), The Inequality Puzzle, Poverty and Inequality, Mobility and Inequality, Occupational Ghettos, and The Declining Significance of Gender?.
Katherine Weisshaar is a PhD candidate in the sociology department at Stanford University. Prior to arriving at Stanford, she graduated from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on gender, families, and income inequality.