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Rethinking Social Inequality

1st Edition

Edited by David Robbins, Lesley Caldwell, Graham Day, Karen Jones, HILARY ROSE


268 pages

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Originally published in 1982, Rethinking Social Inequality is a collection of essays looking at the breadth of contemporary work in social inequality. The book focuses on inequality as a central project of sociological enquiry, and is unified by the overarching rejection of a distributional notion of inequality, in the place of a relational one. The object of the study is not the deprived social group, but the unequal social relations, which is manifested in a variety of forms. The themes addressed in this collection indicate a shift in the areas of study concerned with social inequality, rejecting class-based inequality in with that of race, gender and age.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Rethinking Inequality

2. White Sociology, Black Struggle, Val Amos, Paul Gilroy and Errol Lawrence

3. Female Manual Workers, Fatalism and the Reinforcement of Inequalities, Kate Purcell

4. The Generation Game: Playing by the Rules, John Fitz and John Hood-Williams

5. Aging and Inequality: Consumer Culture and the New Middle Age, Mike Featherstone and Mike Hepworth

6. Egalitarianism an Social Inequality in Scotland, David McCrone, Frank Bechhofer and Stephen Kendrick

7. Inequality of Access to Political Television: The Case of the General Election 1979, Alan Clarke, Ian Taylor and Justin Wren-Lewis

8. Classes, Class Fractions and Monetarism, Kevin Bonnett

9. Moral Economy and the Welfare State, Roger A. Cloward and Frances Fox Piven

10. Towards a Celebration of Difference(s): Notes for a Sociological of a Possible Everyday Future, Philip Corrigan

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General