Worlds Apart: Social Inequalities in a Global Economy / Edition 2

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This book focuses primarily on social inequalities in the American context. However, a trend in this course is how the global inequalities are effecting, and affected by social stratification and inequality in America. The second edition of Sernau's "Worlds Apart" reflects that trend. 

Key Features:

  • Provides a sociological framework for analyzing inequality within U.S. society as well as analyzing the relationship between global stratification systems and internal systems of inequality.
  • Places each issue and dimension of inequality in the context of a changing global economy.
  • Engages undergraduates in the subject matter with lively writing and fascinating cases, but also interprets these lived experiences by introducing classical and contemporary theories of stratification.
  • The intersection of race, class, and gender is not just stated but illustrated throughout the book as a pervasive institutionalized system of privilege and oppression.
  • Key data are presented in clear, graphical formats and measures are explained early in the text. Numeric data are tied to examples illustrating their importance and many sources are current, from the year 2000.

This book is intended as the primary text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in Social Stratification and Inequality courses, primarily taught in Sociology departments.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Three new Visual Essays which provide powerful illustrations of inequality in Global (Honduras), Rural (Navaholand), and Urban (Deindustrialized) Contexts.
  • Two newchapters: Chapter 3: The Gordian Knot, of Race, Class, and Gender and Chapter 12: Challenging the System: Social Movements.
  • Updated figures include information from the 2004 election.
  • This edition's theme has been how the current regime of market-driven solutions actually contribute to rather than reduce social inequality.
  • This edition continues to highlight inequality in America, with the addition of how Social Inequalities in America are effected by global inequalities.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412915243
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Sernau is Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, South Bend where he regularly teaches Social Inequality, International Inequalities, Sociology of the Family, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Problems, Mexican Culture and Society, and Urban Society. He has received a number of teaching awards including the IUSB Distinguished Teaching Award and the IU Sylvia Bowman Award for distinguished teaching. He is editor of the ASA Teaching Resources Guide: Social Stratification Courses: Syllabi and Instructional Materials and his several previous books include Economies of Exclusion: Underclass Poverty and Labor Market Change in Mexico (Praeger).
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Table of Contents

1 The great debate 3
2 The global divide : inequality across societies 29
3 The Gordian knot of race, class, and gender 61
4 Class privilege 87
5 Race and class 111
6 Gender and class 145
7 Status prestige 165
8 Power and politics 187
9 Moving up : education and mobility 217
10 Abandoned spaces, forgotten places : poverty and place 245
11 Reversing the race to the bottom : poverty and policy 273
12 Challenging the system : social movements 303
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