This volume introduces students to the main forms of social division and difference that characterise contemporary societies. Drawing on a wide range of examples from the UK and US, the authors consider a series of challenging questions relating to the primary divisions of class, gender, 'race' and ethnicity. Unusually, they also address differences relating to place, particularly inequalities in housing and education, reviewing them in the innovative context of current debates about citizenship and social justice. Although each chapter concentrates on specific social categories or sites of difference, the text as a whole is connected by its focus on the inter-relationship between differences and divisions in the complex construction of social identities.Throughout the book, students are guided through the major theoretical approaches to social stratification and given the opportunity to use and critically assess the results of relevant social surveys and statistics.
Peter Braham is Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University. He is the co-editor of 'Political and Economic Forms of Modernity' (1992), 'Racism and Antiracism' (1992), 'Media, Knowledge and Power' (1986) and 'Discrimination and Disadvantage: The Experience of Black Workers' 1981). Linda Janes is Staff Tutor in Social Sciences at The Open University. She is the co-editor of 'The Gendered Cyborg' (2000), 'Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman' (1997), and 'Imagining Women' (1992).
Preface. Social Differences and Divisions: Introduction (Peter Braham and Linda Jones) Chapter 1. 'Place, Lifestyle and Social Divisions' (Linda Jones and Gerry Mooney) Chapter 2. 'Social Exclusion and Class Analysis' (Mike Savage) Chapter 3. 'Understanding Gender Divisions: Feminist Perspectives' (Linda Jones) Chapter 4. 'Race, Power and Knowledge' (Karim Murji) Chapter 5. 'Citizenship' (Bryan S. Turner) Chapter 6. 'Social Justice' (Peter Braham) Chapter 7. 'Education, Housing and Social Justice' (Peter Braham and Norma Sherratt) Reading in Social Differences and Divisions. Acknowledgements. Index.