Like past editions, this ninth 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, transgender issues, intersectionality, experiences of Muslims, Hispanic populations, and immigration. The 9th edition also includes content on the fall-out from the recession across various groups. The sections on global inequalities have been greatly updated, emphasizing comparative inequalities and the impact of the process of globalization on inequality internationally. The authors have also added material on several current social movements, including Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and Marriage Equality.
Table of Contents
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
Chapter 4 Status Inequality
Chapter 5 Political Inequality
Chapter 6 Sex and Gender Inequality
Chapter 7 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Inequality
Chapter 8 Racial and Ethnic Inequality
PART 2 General Explanations of Inequality
Chapter 9 Classical Explanations of Inequality
Chapter 10 Contemporary Explanations of Inequality
PART 3 Consequences of Social Inequality
Chapter 11 The Impact of Inequality on Personal Life Chances
Chapter 12 Social Consequences of Inequality
Chapter 13 Social Inequality and Social Movements PART 4 Stability and Change in the System of Social Inequality
PART 4 Stability and Change in the System of Social Inequality
Chapter 14 Social Mobility and Status Attainment
Chapter 15 Justice and Legitimacy: Assessments of the Structure of Inequality
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.
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.
Heather M. Fitz Gibbon is a professor 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.