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Social Divisions

Inequality and Diversity in Britain

Edited by Geoff Payne and Eric Harrison

Published

22 Apr 2020

Page count

512 pages

Edition

4th Edition

ISBN

978-1447355120

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

22 Apr 2020

Page count

512 pages

Edition

4th Edition

ISBN

978-1447355137

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
£29.99 £23.99You save £6.00 (20%)
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    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.

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    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