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Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences, 8th Edition

By Charles E. Hurst

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Jan 8, 2012

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A user-friendly introduction to social inequality. This text is a broad introduction to the many types of inequality¿ economics, status, political power, sex and gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity¿ in U.S. society and in a global setting. The author provides a wide range of explanations for inequality and, using the latest research on the multiple impacts of inequality, surveys in detail the personal and social consequences of social inequality.

Learning Goals

  • Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
  • Understand that inequality is multidimensional
  • Understand that it is essential to understand the explanations of the various forms of inequality in order to further a resolution to any inequality¿s undesirable consequences
  • Understand the discussion of inequality in its broader, historical cultural and international context

Table of Contents

In this Section:  1) Brief Table of Contents  2) Full Table of Contents  1) Brief Table of Contents  Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality  Chapter 2: Class, Income, and Wealth  Chapter 3: Poverty and Welfare  Chapter 4: Status Inequality  Chapter 5: Political Inequality  Chapter 6: Sex and Gender Inequality  Chapter 7: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Inequality  Chapter 8: Racial and Ethnic Inequality  Chapter 9: Classical Explanations of Inequality  Chapter 10: Contemporary Explanations of Inequality  Chapter 11: The Impact of Inequality on Personal Life Chances  Chapter 12: Social Consequences of Inequality  Chapter 13: Social Inequality and Social Movements  Chapter 14 Social Mobility and Status Attainment  Chapter 15: Justice and Legitimacy: Assessments of the Structure of Inequality  2) Full Table of Contents  Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality  Some Controversial Issues of Substance  Issues of Methodology  Organization of the Book  Part 1: Extent and Forms of Social Inequality  Chapter 2: Class, Income, and Wealth  The Everyday Reality of Class  Two Views of U.S. Class Structure  Technology and the Shaping of the U.S. Class Structure  Income Inequality  Is the Middle Class Shrinking?  Wealth Inequality in the United States  Confronting Economic Inequality  The Global Context and the Impact of Globalization  Chapter 3: Poverty and Welfare  Historical Roots of U.S. Poverty Perspective  Explanations and Racialization of Poverty and Welfare  Cultural Values and the Poor  Myths about the Poor  Who Are the Poor?  Flaws in Pre-1966 Assistance Programs  Welfare Reform and Current Poverty Programs  An Assessment of the Reform Act of 1996  U.S. Poverty and Welfare in Comparative Perspective  Chapter 4: Status Inequality  The Theory of Social Status  Spheres of Status in the United States  Inequality in Appalachia  The Importance of Social Status in the Global Arena  Chapter 5: Political Inequality  Portraits of National Power Structure  Distribution of Political Power  Interlinkage of Economic and Political Power  Ruling Class Unity  Power Inequality in the Work Experience  Power Inequality in a Global and Globalizing Context  Chapter 6: Sex and Gender Inequality  The Status of Women in the Early United States  Balancing Work and Home  Sex Segregation in Occupations  Earnings and Gender  Microinequities in the Treatment of Women  General Theories of Sex and Gender Inequality  The Global Context and the Impact of Globalization  Chapter 7: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Inequality  The Complexity of Sexuality and Gender  Public Opinions on Homosexuality  Gays and Lesbians as Status Groups  Discrimination, Legal Confusion, and Sexual Orientation  A Socioeconomic Profile of Lesbians and Gays  Negative Consequences of Stigmatization  Sexuality in the Global Context  Chapter 8: Racial and Ethnic Inequality  The Meaning and Creation of Race  U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations: A Historical Sketch  Racial and Ethnic Inequality Today  White Privilege and the Relational Nature of Racial Inequality  Microinequities and Microaggressions against Racial and Ethnic Minorities  The Intersection of Class, Race, Sex, and Gender  Theories of Racial and Ethnic Inequality  The Global Context, Immigration, and Globalization  Part 2 General Explanations of Inequality  Chapter 9: Classical Explanations of Inequality  Karl Marx (1818-1883)  Max Weber (1864-1920)  Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)  Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)  Marx, Weber, and Globalization  Chapter 10: Contemporary Explanations of Inequality  Functionalist Theory of Stratification  The Social Construction of Inequality  Theories of Social Reproduction  Labor Market

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