Class and Stratification

Class and Stratification : An Introduction to Current Debates

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The second edition of this successful book has been extensively revised and updated. It now incorporates the considerable range of further contributions to debates in class and stratification which have emerged since the first edition of this book was published in 1993. While many of these have asserted that 'class is dead', Crompton argues that class is very much alive. Thus 'postmodern' theories of 'post-class' societies are critically examined, as are the most recent contributions of quantitative sociological approaches such as those of Goldthorpe and Wright. It is argued that despite their theoretical differences, the work of these two authors has been undergoing a process of convergence in recent years.One feature which belies the 'death' of class is the contemporary increase in the extent of social and material inequality. This topic, therefore, is explored at some length, as are other areas including gender and the feminization of the middle classes, the significance of recent changes in work and employment, consumption and citizenship.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 669g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0
  • 0745617921
  • 9780745617923

Review quote

"This much revised edition is a tour de force. The clarity and elegance of this book should make sociologists proud of their discipline. Students and teachers should rapidly upgrade from the first edition: this is a new and even better book." -- Ray Pahl, University of Essex "The first edition of this book was deservedly very successful. This second edition is even stronger. Really up-to-date materials are firmly incorporated with a clear and persuasive analysis of a plurality of conceptual frameworks and methodologies. Its nonsectarianism as well as its sheer intellectual grace makes it the best text on class and stratification we have." -- Colin Bell, University of Edinburgh "The first edition of this book has established itself as the outstanding survey of the field. This second edition will do likewise; it is thoroughly rewritten and updated and offers the most considered and balanced survey of a controversial area. Anyone wanting to know about the contemporary debates on class and stratification will need to read this magnificent book." -- Mike Savage, University of Manchestershow more

Table of contents

Introduction to the Second Edition. Introduction to the First Edition. Part I: Explaining Inequality: Introduction. Social Order and Theories of Social Differentiation. Stratification and the Debate on Social Class. The Growing Critique of 'Class Analysis'. Concluding Summary. Part II: The Classic Inheritance and its Development: Introduction. Marx. Weber. Class and Sociology after the Second World War. Culture, Class and History. Once Again, the Indivisibility of Structure and Action. Social Class, Urban Sociology and the Turn to 'Realism'. Conclusions. Part III: Measuring the 'Class Structure': Goldthorpe and Wright: Introduction. Occupations. Conclusions. Part IV: Problems of Class Analysis: Introduction. Changes in the Structure of Work and Employment. The Expansion of Women's Employment. Class, Politics, and Action. Gender and Class. Are Social Classes Dying? Converging Approaches. Conclusion. Part V: Farewell to Social Class?: Introduction. Bringing Status Back In. Recent Social Theory. Farewell to Class Societies? Discussion and Conclusions. Part VI: Lifestyle, Consumption Categories and Consciousness Communities: Introduction. Consumption-sector Cleavages. Culture, Class and Occupation. From 'Abstract Labour' to 'Customer Care'. Summary and Conclusions. Part VII: Citizenship, Entitlements and the 'Underclass': Introduction. T H Marshall and the Development of the Concept of Citizenship. Women and Citizenship. Race and Citizenship. Social Citizenship and the 'Underclass'. Conclusion. 8. Retrospect and Prospect. Introduction. Social Mobility. Social Polarization. Conclusions. References. Index.show more

About Rosemary Crompton

Rosemary Crompton is Professor of Sociology, at the University of Leicester.show more