Social Stratification and Inequality

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-08-31
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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In his newly revised fourth edition, 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, the fourth edition maintains a commitment to keeping a global perspective. To that end, this edition includes detailed timely information on stratification around the world, addressing the ways in which governments, corporations, and workers cope with milestone changes such as greater European unification and an increased U.S economic presence. 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, the new edition includes current statistics and the latest trends in the field. Each chapter has been fully updated to include new material on the cornerstones of social stratification; the growing poverty rate, the effects of welfare reform on gender and race inequality, and the status of global attempts to relieve social stratification in the wake of continued changes in the world system.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction

Chapter One: Perspectives and Concepts in the Study of Social Stratification

Chapter Two: Dimensions of Inequality in the United States: Class, Gender, and Race

Chapter Three: Social Stratification in Human Societies: The History of Inequality

Part Two: Explanations of Social Stratification: Stratification Theories

Chapter Four: Social Stratification Theory: Early Statements

Chapter Five: Modern Theories of Social Stratification

Part Three: The American Class Structure

Chapter Six: The Upper Class

Chapter Seven: The Corporate Class

Chapter Eight: The Middle and Working Classes

Chapter Nine: Poverty and the Political Economy of Welfare

Chapter Ten: The Persistence of Ascription: Gender, Race, and Ethnic Inequalities

Part Four: The Process of Social Stratification

Chapter Eleven: The Process of Social Stratification

Chapter Twelve: The Process of Legitimation

Part Five: Social Stratification Beyond the United States

Chapter Thirteen: The World Stratification System

Chapter Fourteen: Social Stratification in Japan

Chapter Fifteen: Social Stratification in Germany

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