Class and Stratification : An Introduction to Current Debates
This book provides an outstandingly clear and comprehensive review of the different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social class and stratification which have been developed since the Second World War. Significant issues, including consumption, the growth of the 'middle' classes, gender, citizenship and the 'underclass' are subsequently explored in the volume.The author explores the various dimensions of class, reflects on recent trends in sociology and defends the exploration of structured social inequality as a key topic in sociology.
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- Paperback | 231 pages
- 152 x 224 x 16mm | 381.02g
- 08 Apr 1993
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 5 figures, bibliography, index
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Table of contents
Acknowledgement and Introduction. 1. Explaining Inequality. 2. Class Analysis: The Classic Inheritance and its Development. 3. Measuring the 'Class Structure'. 4. Problems of Class Analysis. 5. Rethinking 'Class Analysis'. 6. Citizenship and Entitlements. 7. Lifestyle, Consumption Categories and Consciousness Communities. 8. Conclusions. Bibliography. Index.
'Rosemary Crompton's book is by far the best existing guide to the present state of class analysis, remarkably well informed about the details of the most important current controversies.' Work, Employment and Society 'A comprehensive and compelling account of central debates on class and stratification. It is a brave and successful attempt to make accessible the many debates which are conducted under the banner of social class.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'A timely review of sociology's contribution to the explanation of social inequality. This book does an excellent job of setting out for students the central features of class analysis and its contribution to the study of inequality covering where it has been, where it is now, and where it might be going. It does so in an engaging manner and with a concern to recover a sense of meaning and purpose for both the insiders and outsiders of stratification analysis. It is bound to become a basic test for teaching in this area.' Sociology 'Lucid and accessible.' Capital and Class
About Rosemary Crompton
Rosemary Crompton, City University, is the author of several previous books including Gendered Jobs and Social Change (with K Sanderson, Unwin Hyman, 1990) and Gender and Stratification (Edited with Michael Mann, Polity, 1986).