The study of poverty and inequality has been thrust into the foreground as scholars, politicians, and policymakers respond to the spectacular increase in economic inequality and the slowing, stalling out, or even reversal of long-standing downward trends in other forms of inequality. A mainstay of the field for more than a decade, Social Stratification has now been fully updated and revised with additional readings and newly commissioned pieces, all from top scholars of poverty and inequality. This collection reflects ongoing changes in the structure of inequality and in the tools and concepts that have been used to understand these changes. Oriented toward the advanced student, Social Stratification provides a demanding, comprehensive, no-holds-barred overview of classic and contemporary scholarship. The history of the field unfolds systematically from the early and modern classics to the cutting-edge scholarship that currently drives the field. The resulting collection, even more comprehensive and diverse than its predecessor, can be used as a stand-alone text for courses on stratification, poverty, and inequality, as well as occupations, labor markets, and social mobility.
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
Praise for 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 and Director of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University . His recent books include Inequality: Classic Readings in Race, Class, and Gender (Westview Press); Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men; Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research in Sociology and Economics; Poverty and Inequality; and The Declining Significance of Gender?