Social Inequalities in Comparative Perspective

Social Inequalities in Comparative Perspective

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Edited by Fiona Devine, Edited by Mary Waters

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  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 227mm x 24mm | 490g
  • Publication date: 23 February 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0631226850
  • ISBN 13: 9780631226857
  • Sales rank: 1,131,280

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This unique collection of original essays brings a comparative perspective to issues of social inequality. First--rate sociologists from around the world have contributed to this exciting and rigorous volume, drawing upon their own research in the fields of race and ethnicity, class and inequality, and gender and sexuality. * Contains original essays by first--rate scholars on issues of social inequalities around the world* Features research and examples from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Portugal, Finland, and Japan* Reviews research on issues of social inequalities from the fields of race, class, and gender* Reflects on methodological issues and the strengths of qualitative research* Provides students with an important overview of the development of social stratification studies

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Fiona Devine is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Affluent Workers Revisited (1992), Social Class in America and Britain (1997), and Class Practices: How Parents Help Their Children Get Good Jobs (2003). She is the co--author, with Sue Heath, of Sociological Research Methods in Context (1999). Mary C. Waters is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Harvard University, and co--director of The New York Second Generation Project. Her publications include Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America, (1990); the award--winning Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities (1999); The New Race Question: How the Census Counts Multi--Racial Individuals (with Joel Perlmann, 2002); and The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation (with Peggy Levitt, 2002). Professor Waters was a Guggenheim Fellow (1993--94) and a Visiting Scholar at Russell Sage (1991--92).

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"Extremely worthwhile in conception, and in parts excellent and interesting." Ethnic and Racial Studies "This book makes fascinating reading and is a valuable educational, research and methodological resource." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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This unique collection of original essays brings a comparative perspective to issues of social inequality. First-rate sociologists from around the world have contributed to this exciting and rigorous volume, drawing upon their own research in the fields of race and ethnicity, class and inequality, and gender and sexuality. Qualitative research on social inequalities is enjoying increasing prominence in the sub-discipline of social stratification because it addresses issues of culture, identity, experience, meaning and process. This collection is at the cutting edge of the study of social inequalities and identifies new directions of thinking about and doing research on race, class and gender in a stimulating and innovative way.Examples of race, class or gender inequalities are considered from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Portugal, Finland, and Japan. Each essay reflects on methodological issues and the strengths of qualitative research, and examines how new areas of research contribute to new ways of thinking. As a whole, these essays encourage students to see the study of social inequalities as central to a sociological understanding of contemporary societies in the twenty-first century.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Fiona Devine (University Of Manchester ) And Mary C. Waters (Harvard University). 2. Race, Ethnicity And Immigration In The United States: Mary C. Waters (Harvard University). 3. The 'Language Of Race', Identity Options And 'Belonging' In The Quebec Context: Micheline Labelle (University Of Quebec). 4. Race And Ethnicity In France: Riva Kastoryano (Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique). 5. Racisms, Ethnicities And British Nation Making: Liviu Popoviciu And Mairtin Mac An Ghaill (Both University Of Newcastle). 6. Working Poor, Working Hard: Trajectories At The Bottom Of The American Labor Market: Katherine Newman (Harvard University) And Chauncy Lennon (Columbia University). 7. Class And Social Inequalities In Portugal: From Class Structure To Working Class Practices On The Shop Floor: Elisio Estanque (University Of Coimbra). 8. Understanding Class Inequality In Australia: Bill Martin (Flinders University ) And Judy Wajcman (Australian National University). 9. Talking About Class In Britain: Fiona Devine (University Of Manchester). 10. Research On Gender Stratification In The U.S.: Christine L. Williams (University Of Texas), Patti A. Giuffre (Southwest Texas State University), Kirsten A. Dellinger (University Of Mississippi). 11. The Japanese Paradox: Women's Voices Of Fulfillment In The Face Of Inequalities: Yuko Ogasawara (Nihon University). 12. Catching Up?:Changing Inequalities Of Gender At Work And In The Family In The UK: Harriet Bradley (University Of Bristol). 13. Gender And Work--Related Inequalities In Finland: Paivi Korvajarvi (University Of Tampere)