Fractured Identities

Fractured Identities : Changing Patterns of Inequality

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This is a comprehensive introduction to past and current theories of stratification and inequality, covering work on class, gender, race and age.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 16mm | 379.99g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
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  • 0745610846
  • 9780745610849
  • 942,258

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"She offers a fair assessment of the virtues and failings of contemporary sociological thought and its implications for understanding social inequalities ... This book is a very refreshing addition to the literature and it should certainly feature on reading lists on modules addressing current sociological thought and changing social inequalities." Sociology "Readable and well structured while at the same time intellectually challenging. Bradleya s discussion of a racea and ethnicity ... offers a particularly valuable contribution to current thinking." Work, Employment and Societyshow more

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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 post-modernity. Separate chapters on class, gender, race and age provide overviews of debates in a way designed to be accessible to students and also 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 post-modernism and post-structuralism. While accepting the postmodern view that societies are becoming fragmented and social identities more fluid, "Fractured Identities" concludes that modernist insights are still vital. Modern societies are marked by "both" fragmentation and polarization.show more

Table of contents

List of tables. Introduction. 1. Inequality, fragmentation and identity. 2. Capitalism, modernity and change. 3. Class: beyond Marx?. 4. Gender: rethinking patriarchy. 5. "Race" and ethnicity: a travelling in the Westa . 6. Age: a neglected dimension of stratification. 7. Some international comparisons. Conclusion. Fractured identities: processes of fragmentation and polarization in post--industrial capitalist societies. Bibliography and sources. Index.show more

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