Understanding Social Inequality
- Tim Butler - King's College London, UK
- Paul Watt - Birkbeck College, UK
Class and Inequality | Human Geography (General) | Sociology (General)
- Roger Burrows, University of York
"A clear and compelling analysis of the dynamics of social and spatial inequality in an era of globalisation. This is an invaluable resource for students and scholars in sociology, human geography and the social sciences more generally."
- Gary Bridge, University of Bristol
With the declining attention paid to social class in sociology, how can we analyze continuing and pervasive socio-economic inequality? What is the impact of recent developments in sociology on how we should understand disadvantage?
Moving beyond the traditional dichotomies of social theory, this book brings the study of social stratification and inequality into the 21st century. Starting with the widely agreed 'fact' that the world is becoming more unequal, this book brings together the 'identity of displacement' in sociology and the 'spaces of flow' of geography to show how place has become an increasingly important focus for understanding new trends in social inquality.
This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in class, inequality, poverty and politics. Actually, probably more importantly it should be read by people who think that those things do not matter! It provides a wonderful summation of the huge amount of work on these topics that now exists and it also offers its own distinctive perspectives on a set of issues that are - despite the claims of some influential commentators - still central to the sociological enterprise and, indeed to political life.
With theoretical ease and the use of telling examples, Butler and Watt offer a clear and compelling analysis of the dynamics of social and spatial inequality in an era of globalisation. This is an invaluable resource for students and scholars in sociology, human geography and the social sciences more generally.
A very good collection of articles supported with photos, maps, graphs and various charts.
A very detailed chronology of key events and dates and 'pros and cons' boxes enabling a two sided argument towards the questions.
An excellent supplementary reader
A well written and accessiable text. Particularly strong here, and especially useful for my course, was the focus on space and inequalities within cities. The book also does a good job placing arguments within theoretical debates
An excellent text
One of the strongest textbook on social inequality currently on the market. It is adoptable for a range of modules on our BA (Hons.) Youth & Community Work.
need something with a more global focus. the book is also too advanced for our students, none of whom are sociology majors but would be taking the course as an elective.
This a fantastic read! Absolutely perfect for my module on understanding inequality in education. I like the emphasis on socio-economic status but with recognition that it is not the only cause of inequality. Well written and engaging.