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A Contemporary Approach to Race, Class, and Gender


  • 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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    • 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.

  • Authors

    Lisa A. Keister, Duke University, North Carolina

    Darby E. Southgate, Los Angeles Valley College

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