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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

Published

22 Apr 2020

Page count

512 pages

Edition

4th Edition

ISBN

978-1447355137

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

22 Apr 2020

Page count

512 pages

Edition

4th Edition

ISBN

978-1447355137

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Social Divisions

In the media

'Divided, We Stand' on DiscoverSociety

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 interrelate;

• 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.

"Incisive, wide-ranging and forcefully argued, Social Divisions is essential reading for scholars of inequalities and stratification. An indispensable guide to how social divisions shape and constrain our lives." Wendy Bottero, University of Manchester

"This newly updated edition goes beyond what divides us to examine the processes and practices that continue to unite us." Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield

"Provides a really solid basis for understanding inequality within a contemporary social work context." Sarah Redmond, Staffordshire University

"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, University of Manchester

Geoff Payne is 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 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