Fractured Identities

Fractured Identities : Changing Patterns of Inequality

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Despite claims about the "classless society", modern industrial societies, such as Britain and America, are characterized by widening gaps between rich and poor. At the same time, inequalities of class overlap with other inequalities, such as those of ethnicity or gender. Recent research in sociology has highlighted the growing complexity of patterns of stratification and the interplay between different aspects of inequality. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to past and current theories of stratification and inequality. It pulls together work in the areas of class, gender, race and age, locating the analysis within current debates over modernity and postmodernity. Separate chapters on class, gender, race and age provide overviews of debates in a way designed to be accessible to students, and also examines how these four dimensions of inequality act upon one another. Unlike many other texts, the book covers both the modernist approaches derived from the sociological classics and newer contributions influenced by postmodernism and post-structuralism. While accepting the postmodern view that societies are becoming fragmented and social identities more fluid, this study concludes that modernist insights are still vital. Modern societies are marked by both fragmentation and polarization.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 figures, 3 tables, bibliography, index
  • 0745610838
  • 9780745610832

Table of contents

Inequality, fragmentation and identity; capitalism, modernity and change; class - beyond Marx?; gender - rethinking patriarchy; "race" and ethnicity - "travelling in the West"; age - a neglected dimension of stratification; some international comparisons; conclusion - fractured identities - processes of fragmentation and polarization in post-industrial capitalist societies.show more

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