social stratification and inequality

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Social Inequality – examining our present while understanding our past. Social Inequality and Social Statification in US Society, 1st edition uses a historical and conceptual framework to explain social stratification and social inequality. The historical scope gives context to each issue discussed and allows the reader to understand how each topic has evolved over the course of American history. The authors use qualitative data to help explain socioeconomic issues and connect related topics. Each chapter examines major concepts, so readers can see how an individual’s success in stratified settings often relies heavily on their access to valued resources–types of capital which involve finances, schooling, social networking, and cultural competence. Analyzing the impact of capital types throughout the text helps map out the prospects for individuals, families, and also classes to maintain or alter their position in social-stratification systems. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Analyze the four major American classes, as well as how race and gender are linked to inequalities in the United States Understand attempts to reduce social inequality Identify major historical events that have influenced current trends Understand how qualitative sources help reveal the inner workings that accompany people’s struggles with the socioeconomic order Recognize the impact of social-stratification systems on individuals and families

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Christopher Doob
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2015-08-27
File : 408 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781317344209

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Perspectives and concepts in the study of social stratification; dimensions of inequality in the United States; social stratification in human societies - the history of inequality; early statements; modern theories of social stratification; social stratification in the United States; the upper class; the corporate class; middle and working classes; the poor; social mobility - class ascription and achievement; the process of legitimation; social stratification in Japan; social stratification in communist societies - the Soviet Union; the world stratification system.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Harold R. Kerbo
Publisher : McGraw-Hill College
Release : 1991
File : 583 Pages
ISBN-13 : MINN:31951D004437557

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Genre : Botswana
Author : Patrick Molutsi
Publisher :
Release : 1986
File : 852 Pages
ISBN-13 : OCLC:59058460

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Offering a fresh and exciting new perspective on differentiation and inequality, this absorbing book investigates how our most personal choices (of sexual partners, friends, consumption items and lifestyle) are influenced by hierarchy and social difference. Exploring the topics of assortative mating; social capital; friendship networks and cultural identity; the book examines how hierarchy affects our tastes and leisure time activities, and who we choose (and hang on to) as our friends and partners. This book: * introduces debates on stratification by exploring its effect on everyday social relations * relates class inequalities to broader processes of social division and cultural differentiation, exploring the associational and cultural aspects of hierarchy * explores how groups draw on social, economic and cultural resources, using cultural 'cues', to admit some and exclude others from their social circle * explores new theoretical approaches to stratification: drawing on cultural theories of class, social interaction approaches, and research on differential association The book has a novel and fresh new way of looking at a well-established area in sociology - social stratification.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Wendy Bottero
Publisher : Psychology Press
Release : 2005
File : 283 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0415281792

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Praised for its thorough research and scholarship, Social Stratification and Inequality provides a comprehensive, up-to-date exploration of the global economic and social divisions in human societies. While the book is grounded in the nature of social stratification in the United States, this edition maintains a commitment to keeping a global perspective. Comparative information on the United States and other countries and an overview of changes in social stratification, gives readers a global perspective on class conflict.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Harold Kerbo
Publisher : McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Release : 2008-03-10
File : 744 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0073380075

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With the ideal balance of classic essays and more contemporary studies, Inequality and Society covers the standard themes of poverty and inequality while bringing political institutions into the analysis.

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Genre : Music
Author : Jeff Manza
Publisher : W. W. Norton
Release : 2009
File : 1025 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0393977250

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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. The resulting collection of articles both celebrates the diversity of theoretical approaches and reveals the cumulative nature of ongoing research.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. The following types of questions and debates are addressed in the six sections of the reader:1. Is stratification inevitable? Do the recent “experiments with destratification in Eastern Europe and elsewhere provide new insights into the functionalist theory of inequality?2. Can we identify a set of organized and cohesive “social classes” in advanced industrial societies? Does it make sense to refer to a ruling class, a “political class,” or a “power elite” in these societies?3. Are the basic contours of occupational mobility the same within all advanced industrial societies? Have the “new structuralists” led us astray in our attempts to understand the sources and causes of occupational attainment?4. Are there fundamental differences across social classes in styles of life, patterns of consumption, and attitudes toward work? Are these “class-specific cultures” attenuating as we move into advanced industrialism?5. Is there an emerging underclass in America? What are the principal sources of racial, ethnic, and gender inequality?6. Can we identify a “teleological dynamic” driving the development of stratification systems? Are new forms of stratification and inequality emerging as Eastern Europe enters its postsocialist stage?The volume offers essential reading for undergraduates who need 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.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : David B Grusky
Publisher : Westview Press
Release : 1994-08-19
File : 768 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0813310652

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Rapid technological advances in communication, data processing, and transportation, have made possible the integration of global markets on an unprecedented scale. The world has become smaller, our days have become shorter, and competition between fi rms and across nations has intensifi ed. The economic forces set in motion by globalization have blurred national boundaries and rendered concepts such as "Made in America" utterly meaningless. And yet, ironically, as the economic ties that bind us pull us closer together, we become increasingly aware of the vast gulf that separates us. The world's citizens, many of whom have grown up watching American television and listening to American music, can not help but notice the tremendous differences that separate nations. We conduct business in virtual meetings and communicate instantaneously over immense distances, but are becoming increasingly insulated from one another by the technology that fuels our interaction. This is the world in which we live today. But income inequality and social stratification are not new to the 21st century they have existed in all cultures, countries, and stages of economic development. This volume draws together a collection of classical readings from economics, political science, sociology, and philosophy to shed light on the fundamental nature of diversity in society. From Adam Smith to Thorstein Veblen, from Milton Friedman to Karl Marx, and from Henry Thoreau to W. E. B. Du Bois, these selections will challenge your thinking on important social problems that continue to command national and international attention.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : Joseph Turek
Publisher :
Release : 2008
File : 383 Pages
ISBN-13 : 1436350654

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This handbook describes ways in which society shapes the mental health of its members, and shapes the lives of those who have been identified as mentally ill. The text explores the social conditions that lead to behaviors defined as mental illness, and the ways in which the concept of mental illness is socially constructed around those behaviors. The book also reviews research that examines socially conditioned responses to mental illness on the part of individuals and institutions, and ways in which these responses affect persons with mental illness. It evaluates where the field has been, identifies its current location and plots a course for the future.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Carol S. Aneshensel
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2006-11-22
File : 628 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780387362236

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Bringing together various statements on social stratification, this collection offers contributions to debates on the nature of race, class, and gender inequality.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Rhonda F. Levine
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2006
File : 277 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0742546322

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