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Social Stratification and Inequality : Class Conflict in Historical, Comparative, and Global Perspective,9780072997699
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Social Stratification and Inequality : Class Conflict in Historical, Comparative, and Global Perspective

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6/28/2005
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Summary

Harold Kerbo continues to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date exploration of the economic and social divisions in human societies. While the book is grounded in the nature of social stratification in the United States, this edition maintains a commitment to keeping a global perspective. Extensive comparative information, as well as an overview of how, historically, social stratification has changed and evolved, gives readers a global perspective on class conflict. Praised for its thorough research and scholarship, Social Stratification and Inequality includes current statistics and the latest trends in the field.

Table of Contents

Preface vi
PART I Introduction 1(78)
CHAPTER 1 Perspectives and Concepts in the Study of Social Stratification
1(17)
Michael
3(2)
David
5(4)
Definitions and Concepts
9(3)
Social Stratification in the Modern World System
12(3)
The Organization of Chapters
15(2)
Summary
17(1)
CHAPTER 2 Dimensions of Inequality in the United States
18(30)
Income and Wealth Inequality
20(16)
Inequality in Basic Necessities
36(1)
Health Inequalities
37(3)
Unequal Political Outputs
40(5)
Dimensions of Inequality: A Conclusion
45(2)
Summary
47(1)
Note
47(1)
CHAPTER 3 Social Stratification in Human Societies: The History of Inequality
48(31)
Varieties of Human Stratification Systems
50(9)
The Emergence of Inequality and Social Stratification
59(13)
The Reduction of Inequality with Industrial and Postindustrial Societies
72(3)
Conclusion: The History of Inequality
75(1)
Summary
76(1)
Notes
77(2)
PART II Explanations of Social Stratification: Stratification Theories 79(64)
CHAPTER 4 Social Stratification Theory: Early Statements
79(32)
Competing Paradigms in the Study of Social Stratification
81(5)
The Marxian Heritage in Social Stratification: The Development of a Critical-Conflict Paradigm
86(9)
Max Weber: An Alternative Conflict Paradigm
95(8)
An Uncritical-Order Paradigm Matures: The Functional Theory of Émile Durkheim
103(3)
The Classical Period of Sociological Theory: A Summary
106(2)
Summary
108(1)
Notes
108(3)
CHAPTER 5 Modern Theories of Social Stratification
111(32)
Views of Social Stratification in America: Early Years
112(2)
Functional Theories of Social Stratification
114(11)
Conflict Theories of Social Stratification
125(10)
The Bases of Class Stratification and Class Location
135(6)
Theories of Social Stratification: A Conclusion
141(1)
Summary
142(1)
Note
142(1)
PART III The American Class Structure 143(224)
CHAPTER 6 The Upper Class
143(31)
Locating the Upper Class
144(7)
Upper-Class Dominance Today?
151(22)
The Upper Class: A Conclusion
173(1)
Summary
173(1)
CHAPTER 7 The Corporate Class
174(30)
The Upper Class as Ruling Class: A Critique
176(2)
The Structure of Corporate Concentration: Foundation for a Corporate Class
178(17)
The Concentration of Economic and Political Power: So What?
195(7)
The Corporate Class: Conclusion
202(1)
Summary
203(1)
CHAPTER 8 The Middle and Working Classes
204(33)
The Middle and Working Classes in the System of Social Stratification
207(2)
The Middle Class and Working Class: Recent Historical Changes
209(6)
Some Consequences of Class Position
215(11)
Middle-Class and Working-Class Positions in the Structures of Economic and Political Power
226(10)
Summary
236(1)
CHAPTER 9 Poverty and the Political Economy of Welfare
237(51)
A Brief History of Poverty in America
240(3)
Counting the Poor
243(5)
The Extent of Poverty in the United States
248(6)
Theories of Poverty
254(19)
Class Conflict and the Welfare State
273(14)
Summary
287(1)
CHAPTER 10 Gender Stratification and Inequalities: The Persistence of Ascription:
288(37)
Sex and Gender
291(2)
Gender Inequalities
293(7)
Educational Attainment and Gender
300(6)
Gender Inequality in Global Perspective
306(7)
A History of Gender Stratification
313(3)
Theories of Gender Stratification
316(4)
Class Effects on Gender Income Inequality
320(4)
Summary
324(1)
CHAPTER 11 Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity: The Persistence of Ascription
325(42)
Race and Ethnicity: Some Definitions
328(1)
The Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity
329(14)
A History of Race and Ethnic Stratification
343(6)
Global Immigration: A Comparative View of the New Dimensions of Global Race and Ethnic Conflicts
349(10)
Theoretical Explanations of Race and Ethnic Inequalities
359(6)
Summary
365(2)
PART IV The Process of Social Stratification 367(74)
CHAPTER 12 Social Mobility: Class Ascription and Achievement
367(44)
Social Mobility
370(23)
The Attainment Process
393(17)
Summary
410(1)
CHAPTER 13 The Process of Legitimation
411(30)
The Microprocess of Legitimation
415(11)
The Macroprocess of Legitimation: Building Support for Specific Forms of Inequality
426(14)
Summary
440(1)
PART V Social Stratification Beyond the United States 441
CHAPTER 14 The World Stratification System: Dominance and Competition Among Core Nations
441(28)
Characteristics of the World Stratification System
446(4)
Development of the Modern World System
450(1)
A Brief History of Core Conflict and Hegemony
451(6)
American Inequality and the Future of Core Conflict
457(4)
Capitalist Models and Core Competition in the 21st Century
461(2)
The Global Corporate Class
463(5)
Summary
468(1)
CHAPTER 15 Social Stratification in Japan
469(44)
Ranking in Japan: Some Introductory Observations
471(2)
A History of Social Stratification in Japan
473(5)
The Structural Bases of Social Stratification in Japan
478(8)
Japan's Power Elite
486(9)
Achievement and Ascription in Modern Japan
495(8)
Inequality and Status Ranking in Japan
503(5)
Core Competition in the 21st Century: Whither Japan
508(2)
Summary
510(1)
Notes
510(3)
CHAPTER 16 Social Stratification in Germany
513(33)
A Brief History of the German Political Economy
517(7)
Social Stratification in Germany: Some Basic Similarities-and a Few Differences
524(9)
Corporate and Bureaucratic Elites
533(5)
German Workers and Codetermination Laws
538(5)
Conclusion
543(1)
Summary
544(1)
Notes
544(2)
CHAPTER 17 World Stratification and Globalization: The Poor of this Earth
546
The Extent of World Poverty
548(12)
The World System and Economic Development in Periphery Nations: Why Some of the World's Poor Remain Poor
560(5)
Global Corporations Can Do Harm: Some Evidence
565(3)
World System Effects on Noncore Stratification Systems
568(7)
The Characteristics of East and Southeast Asian Nations: The Exceptions Behind the Asian Economic Miracles
575(1)
Asian Traditions and Forms of Social Organization: Some Commonalities
576(5)
The Case of Thailand
581(7)
The World Stratification System: A Conclusion and Perspective on the Future
588(2)
Summary
590
Glossary G-1
References R-1
Name Index I-1
Subject Index I-15


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