Revised, restructured and updated to reflect the latest data and debates, this new edition of the widely-used, classic textbook offers students an accessible account of the major social divisions that structure social life. Written by internationally known sociologists and experts, the book:
• addresses a wide range of social divisions and inequalities in novel ways, with added chapters on education and age;
• provides a framework for understanding contemporary social inequalities and diversities, and how they inter-relate;
• lends itself to teaching in a range of contexts with the potential to dip into particular chapters for different modules, or to use the book in a more extensive way for one particular module;
• features signposting through the material, as well as key points, discussion questions and selected further readings for each chapter.
This clearly-written volume presents a structured and critical guide to a core field that cuts across disciplines. It is an invaluable introduction and source book for students taking social inequalities and diversity modules in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work, Education and Health Studies.
The previous editions of this work was published by Palgrave Macmillan.
"Written by a highly distinguished set of sociologists, this is a standout text with its extensive coverage of so many dimensions of social divisions in one volume." Lavinia Mitton, University of Kent
“A valuable resource that gets to grips with the causes and effects of the many inequalities that damage the lives of so many people.” Chris Yuill, Robert Gordon University
“A welcome new edition. The chapters are bang up to date. An invaluable text for new cohorts of students in sociology and the social sciences.” Fiona Devine, The University of Manchester
Geoff Payne is a Research Associate in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. A former President of the British Sociological Association, he has written and worked on social mobility, social inequalities, and social research methodology.
Eric Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London, and Deputy Director of the European Social Survey. He has research interests in social stratification, social inequality, wellbeing and survey methodology.
Part 1 ~ The Persistence of Social Divisions
Defining and Explaining 'Social Divisions' ~ Geoff Payne
Class and Stratification ~ Eric Harrison and John Scott
Gender ~ Pamela Abbott
Race ~ John Solomos
Part 2 ~ Social Structures and Inequalities
Education ~ Diane Reay
Work ~ Tim Strangleman
Poverty ~ Lucinda Platt
Elites ~ Daniel Smith
Global Social Divisions ~ Robert Holton
Part 3 ~ Social Divisions and the Body
Sexuality ~ Sue Scott and Stevi Jackson
Age ~ Stephen Hunt and Liz Frost
Disability ~ Ruth Garbutt and David Saltiel
Health ~ Clare Bambra and Geoff Payne
Part 4 ~ Inclusion, Exclusion and Inequality
Social Identites ~ Steph Lawler
National Identity ~ David McCrone
Religion ~ Michael Rosie
Community ~ Graham Crow and Catherine Maclean
Social Divisions as a Sociological Perspective ~ Geoff Payne