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.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Modernity, Postmodernity and Globalization The end of certainty The Enlightenment 'project', modernity and postmodernity Globalization Models of globalization Globalization and migrationChapter 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 boundariesChapter 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 polarizationChapter 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 regionChapter 8: Class Identity Class interests From class consciousness to class identity The French connection - Bourdieu Debating class identity Identity and organization