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Understanding Social Inequality / Edition 1

Understanding Social Inequality / Edition 1

by Tim Butler, Paul Watt
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Moving beyond the traditional dichotomies of social theory, Understanding Social Inequality brings the study of social stratification and inequality into the 21st century. Starting with the widely agreed "fact" that the world is becoming more unequal, this book pulls together the "identity of displacement" in sociology and the "spaces of flow" of geography to show how place has become an increasingly important focus for understanding new trends in social inequality.The book charts a path through current debates and issues that studies of social inequality cannot afford to ignore. Accessible and engagingly written, this book stimulates the "sociological imagination ", prompting readers to link personal experiences and public issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761963707
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/19/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Modernity, Postmodernity and Globalization
The end of certainty
The Enlightenment 'project', modernity and postmodernity
Models of globalization
Globalization and migration
Chapter 3: The Collar Line and Urban Boundaries
Collars and classes
Work and stratification in post-war Britain
Class theory in British post-war sociology
The Marxist response to sociology
Urban boundaries
Chapter 4: The Aftermath of Affluence
Dual labour markets
Marxism and the labour process
Restructuring and the collapse of work
The new space economy
Emerging spatial divisions of labour and capitalist transformations
Whatever happened to the collar line?
Chapter 5: New Spatial and Social Divisions of Labour
World cities
Los Angeles and the 'LA School'
Social polarization
Gentrification and the urban-seeking middle classes
The ghetto and the urban underclass
Methodology and urban social polarization
Chapter 6: Poverty, Social Exclusion and the Welfare State
Welfare state regimes
Poverty and social exclusion
Poverty in the United States
Poverty and social exclusion in Britain
Poverty and social exclusion in Europe
Towards a liberal welfare convergence?
Chapter 7: New Work and New Workers
New work
Fast food workers - flipping burgers in the globally branded restaurant
Call centres - taking calls in the interactive service factory
Paid domestic workers - caring and cleaning in global cities
Cash-in-hand jobs - informal work in marginal localities
Young people - working and playing in a restructured region
Chapter 8: Class Identity
Class interests
From class consciousness to class identity
The French connection - Bourdieu
Debating class identity
Identity and organization

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