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

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2008-03-10
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Praised for its thorough research and scholarship, Social Stratification and Inequality provides a comprehensive, up-to-date exploration of the global 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. Comparative information on the United States and other countries and an overview of changes in social stratification, gives readers a global perspective on class conflict.

Table of Contents

Perspectives and Concepts in the Study of Social Stratification Michael David
Definitions and Concepts Social Stratification and Inequality
Class Divisions and Social Mobility
Social Stratification in the Modern World System
The Organization of Chapters
Dimensions of Inequality in the United States Income and Wealth Inequality
Income Inequality Wealth Inequality Inequality in Basic Necessities
Health Inequalities
Unequal Political Outputs Taxes
Government Services Dimensions of Inequality: A Conclusion
Social Stratification in Human Societies: The History of Inequality Varieties of Human Stratification Systems
Primitive Communal Societies Slavery Caste Estate Class
The Emergence of Inequality and Social Stratification Early Human Groups
The Neolithic Revolution Early Agrarian Empires Late Agrarian Societies
The Fall of Feudalism and the Rise of Industrial Societies
The Reduction of Inequality with Industrial and Post-Industrial Societies
Conclusion: The History of Inequality
Explanations of Social Stratification: Stratification Theories
Social Stratification Theory: Early Statements Competing Paradigms in the Study of Social Stratification
The Marxian Heritage in Social Stratification: The Development of a Critical-Conflict Paradigm
On Understanding Marx Basic
Foundations of Marxian
Theory Concluding Notes Max Weber: An Alternative Conflict Paradigm Weber’s Paradigm Assumptions Multidimensional
View of Stratification
The Rise of Bureaucratic Dominance
An Uncritical-Order Paradigm Matures: The Functional Theory of Emile Durkheim
The Division of Labor and Organic Solidarity
The Place of Class and Class Conflict in Durkheim’s Perspective
The Classical Period of Sociological Theory: A Summary
Modern Theories of Social Stratification Views of Social Stratification in America
Early Years Functional
Theories of Social Stratification
The Davis and Moore Theory Parsons’ Functional
Theory of Social Stratification Studies of Occupational Prestige Conflict
Theories of Social Stratification Modern Marxian Theory Power Conflict
Theories Modern World System Theory
The Bases of Class Stratification and Class Location Occupational Structure
The Convergence of Occupation, Power, and Property on Class Stratification
A Note on Sociobiology Theories of Social Stratification: A Conclusion
The American Class Structure
The Upper Class Locating the Upper Class Upper-Class Dominance Today?
The Upper Class as a Governing Class Upper-Class
Economic Power Upper-Class
Political Power The Upper-Class: A Conclusion
The Corporate Class
The Upper Class as Ruling Class: A Critique
The Structure of Corporate Concentration: Foundation for a Corporate Class Corporate Size and Concentration
Concentration of Stock Control Interlocking Directorates and Economic Concentration
The Globalization of Corporate Power
The Inner Group of the Corporate Class
The Concentration of Economic and Political Power: So What?
Functional Elite Theory Critical Elite Theory
The Pluralist Response
The Corporate Class: Conclusion
The Middle and Working Classes
The Middle and Working
Classes in the System of Social Stratification
The Middle Class and Working Class: Recent Historical Changes
The New Middle Class Stability and Change in the Working Class
The Changing Occupation Structure: The Shrinking Middle Some
Consequences of Class Position Income Distribution by Class
Conditions of Work Class Subcultures and Lifestyles Middl
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