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Social Inequalities in Comparative Perspective

  • ID: 2247932
  • Book
  • December 2003
  • 328 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This unique collection of original essays brings a comparative perspective to issues of social inequality. First–rate sociologists from around the world have contributed to this exciting and rigorous volume, drawing upon their own research in the fields of race and ethnicity, class and inequality, and gender and sexuality.

Qualitative research on social inequalities is enjoying increasing prominence in the sub–discipline of social stratification because it addresses issues of culture, identity, experience, meaning and process. This collection is at the cutting edge of the study of social inequalities and identifies new directions of thinking about and doing research on race, class and gender in a stimulating and innovative way.

Examples of race, class or gender inequalities are considered from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Portugal, Finland, and Japan. Each essay reflects on methodological issues and the strengths of qualitative research, and examines how new areas of research contribute to new ways of thinking. As a whole, these essays encourage students to see the study of social inequalities as central to a sociological understanding of contemporary societies in the twenty–first century.

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1. Introduction: Fiona Devine (University Of Manchester ) And Mary C. Waters (Harvard University).

2. Race, Ethnicity And Immigration In The United States: Mary C. Waters (Harvard University).

3. The Language Of Race , Identity Options And Belonging In The Quebec Context: Micheline Labelle (University Of Quebec).

4. Race And Ethnicity In France: Riva Kastoryano (Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique).

5. Racisms, Ethnicities And British Nation Making: Liviu Popoviciu And Mairtin Mac An Ghaill (Both University Of Newcastle).

6. Working Poor, Working Hard: Trajectories At The Bottom Of The American Labor Market: Katherine Newman (Harvard University) And Chauncy Lennon (Columbia University).

7. Class And Social Inequalities In Portugal: From Class Structure To Working Class Practices On The Shop Floor: Elísio Estanque (University Of Coimbra).

8. Understanding Class Inequality In Australia: Bill Martin (Flinders University ) And Judy Wajcman (Australian National University).

9. Talking About Class In Britain: Fiona Devine (University Of Manchester).

10. Research On Gender Stratification In The U.S.: Christine L. Williams (University Of Texas), Patti A. Giuffre (Southwest Texas State University), Kirsten A. Dellinger (University Of Mississippi).

11. The Japanese Paradox: Women s Voices Of Fulfillment In The Face Of Inequalities: Yuko Ogasawara (Nihon University).

12. Catching Up?:Changing Inequalities Of Gender At Work And In The Family In The UK: Harriet Bradley (University Of Bristol).

13. Gender And Work–Related Inequalities In Finland: Päivi Korvajärvi (University Of Tampere)

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Fiona Devine
Mary Waters
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