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Social Inequality

Forms, Causes, and Consequences, 10th Edition

By Charles E. Hurst, Heather M Fitz Gibbon, Anne M Nurse


460 pages

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Like past editions, this tenth edition of Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences is a user-friendly introduction to the study of social inequality. This book conveys the pervasiveness and extensiveness of social inequality in the United States within a comparative context, to show how inequality occurs, how it affects all of us, and what is being done about it.

This edition benefits from a variety of changes that have significantly strengthened the text. The authors pay increased attention to disability, intersectionality, immigration, religion, and place. We have also spotlighted crime and the criminal justice system as well as health and the environment. The tenth edition includes a new chapter on policy alternatives and venues for social change.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1 An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality; PART 1 Extent and Forms of Social Inequality; Chapter 2 Class, Income, and Wealth; Chapter 3 Poverty and Welfare Historical Roots of U.S. Poverty Perspective; Chapter 4 Status Inequality; Chapter 5 Power; PART 2 Causes of Inequality; Chapter 6 Classical Explanations of Inequality; Chapter 7 Contemporary Explanations of Inequality; PART 3 Winners and Losers; Chapter 8 Sex and Gender Inequality; Chapter 9 Sexual Orientation and Inequality; Chapter 10 Racial and Ethnic Inequality; Chapter 11 Immigration, Religion, and Place; PART 4 Consequences of Social Inequality; Chapter 12 Inequality, Health, and the Environment; Chapter 13 Inequality, Crime, and Criminal Justice; PART 5 Social Change; Chapter 14 Social Inequality and Social Movements; Chapter 15 Policy Alternatives; Glossary; References; Index

About the Authors

Charles E. Hurst is emeritus professor of sociology at the College of Wooster in Ohio. His work focuses on issues of social status, comparative poverty and inequality, and the uses of theory in understanding contemporary problems. Recently these interests also include studies of status in Amish communities in Ohio.

Heather M. Fitz Gibbon is a professor and chair of sociology at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Her published research focuses on definitions of motherhood within the welfare system and on child care systems. She has also been an active community based researcher, evaluating anti-poverty and family literacy community programs.

Anne M. Nurse is a professor of sociology at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Author of two books and multiple articles on juvenile incarceration and its impact on families and communities, she is an expert on inequality and the criminal justice system. She also teaches courses in statistics, criminology, and research methods.

Subject Categories

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