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A Contemporary Approach to Race, Class, and Gender

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  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521680028

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  • This textbook reflects a hybrid approach to studying stratification. It addresses the knowledge accumulated by stratification scholars and challenges students to apply this information to their social world. Features include: • The text is divided into basic concepts (theoretical and methodological) and applications (e.g., to class, poverty, mobility, education, gender, race). • Each chapter includes a list of key concepts, questions for thought, suggested exercises, and multimedia resources (print, internet, and films). • A unique methodological chapter provides students the skills they will need to be able to read contemporary sociological literature. • The selection of chapters and chapter content provide students a sense of the topics, questions, and research that dominate contemporary research on social stratification and inequality. • Research-oriented approach reflecting the field of stratification studies. Additional ancillary material may be found at

    • Reflects a hybrid approach to studying stratification
    • Encourages students to apply their learning in the social world
    • Supported by current and up-to-date research
    • Each chapter includes a list of key concepts, questions for thought, suggested exercises and multimedia resources
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    “At long last, here’s a text that straightforwardly lays out the structure of inequality in our New Gilded Age, without a hint of obfuscation and without the usual distracting polemics. After the facts are laid bare, Keister and Southgate turn just as deftly to describing the mechanisms behind them, the policies that affect them, and the reasons for and against caring about them. A gem of a book.” – David B. Grusky, author of The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender (2011)

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521680028
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 40 tables 50 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Social stratification and opportunities
    2. Explaining stratification: theories and ideas
    3. Understanding stratification: methods of evaluation
    4. Class and the structure of inequality
    5. The upper class and the elite
    6. The middle class and workers
    7. The working poor and the underclass
    8. Social mobility
    9. Education and inequality
    10. Women and their changing positions
    11. Race and ethnicity
    12. Culture
    13. Inequality across the globe
    14. Public policy and social stratification.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Topics in Sociology
    • American Minority Relations
    • American Social Welfare
    • Anthropology and Eduation
    • Black Man White Law
    • Class & Inequality
    • Class Status and Power
    • Class, Race/Ethnicity , and Gender
    • Contemporary Issues/Social Welfare
    • Contemporary Social Problems
    • Critical Race Theory
    • Cultural Diversity in Child/Family Services
    • Cultural Pluralism
    • Culturally Sensitive Human Service Practice
    • Describing Social Inequality
    • Diversity and Inequality
    • Diversity and Pluralism
    • Dynamics of Ethnic Diversity
    • Economics of Well-Being
    • Ethnic Relations
    • Ethnicity and multiculturalism
    • Gender Issues in Justice
    • Gender and Society
    • General sociology
    • Globalization, Causes and consequences
    • Immigration, Race, Ethnicity and Inequality
    • Inequalities in America
    • Inequality in China
    • Inequality, Politics, and Public Policy
    • Institutional Racism
    • Intersections of Inequality and Identities
    • Intro to Social Problems
    • Introd. to Social and Cultural Behavior
    • Introduction to Race, ethnicity and gender in public policy
    • Introductory Sociology/Race/Ethnic Relations
    • Leadership for Diverse Populations
    • Leadership for Social Justice
    • Mexican and Latin American Migration
    • Minority Groups In America
    • Modernity, Colonialism, and Capitalism
    • Multicultural Relations
    • Multicultural Studies
    • Policy Development and Analysis
    • Politics of Identity
    • Politics of Social Welfare and Health Care Policy
    • Popular Culture and Crtitical Thinking
    • Poverty, Inequality and Discrimination
    • Power and Inequality
    • Power, Wealth and Poverty
    • Principles of Sociology
    • Race & Class Inequality
    • Race Relations
    • Race and Ethnic Relations
    • Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
    • Race, Class, & Ethnicity
    • Race, Gender & The Law
    • Rich & Poor in America
    • Senior Seminar: Structures and Processes of Inequality
    • Social Class and Democracy
    • Social Class and Stratification
    • Social Class in American Society
    • Social Justice and Diversity
    • Social Movements:The Black Experience
    • Social Stratification
    • Social Structures and Processes of Inequality
    • Social Theories
    • Social Welfare Policy
    • Social Work with Diverse Populations
    • Sociological Inquiry
    • Sociology of the Family
    • Stratification
    • Structures of Inequality: Race and Class in American Education
    • The Social Ladder: Inequality and Diversity in America
    • The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
    • The Welfare State
    • US Race and Ethnic Relation / Sociology of Domestic Violence
    • Urban Inequality
    • Urban Minority Porblems
    • Wealth, Status, Power
    • Women and Social Action
    • advanced criminology
    • comparative race and ethnicity
    • gender, society and politics
  • Authors

    Lisa A. Keister, Duke University, North Carolina
    Lisa A. Keister is a professor of sociology and the Director of the Markets and Management Program at Duke University. She conducts research on wealth inequality, asset accumulation and the causes of each. She is the author of Getting Rich: America's New Rich and How They Got There (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Wealth in America (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Her research on Chinese corporations and the country's economic transition appeared in her book Chinese Business Groups (2000) as well as various articles.

    Darby E. Southgate, Los Angeles Valley College
    Darby E. Southgate is an assistant professor of sociology at Los Angeles Valley College and a research consultant. Her primary research interests are poverty, education and culture. Her research investigates the intersection of socioeconomic status, education and culture. She has authored numerous entries on culture, specifically on music and society. She also consults for agencies aiming to reduce homelessness and poverty through education.

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