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Social Inequality in a Global Age

Sixth Edition

September 2019 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Social Inequality in a Global Age provides a sociological framework for analyzing inequality within the United States in the context of global stratification and a rapidly changing world economy. With insightful analysis, and using examples drawn straight from today's headlines, Scott Sernau explores the multiple dimensions of inequality—class privilege, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, status and power—and how they intersect with each other. As it explores each dimension of inequality, the text analyzes the relationship between changing global power structures and growing inequalities within societies . Throughout, a focus on social action and community engagement encourages students to become involved, active learners in the classroom and engaged citizens in their communities.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I. ROOTS OF INEQUALITY
 
Chapter 1. The Gordian Knot of Race, Class, and Gender
Dimensions of an Unequal World  
Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in the United States  
The Development of Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender Across Societies  
A Social Network Understanding of Inequality  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
 
Chapter 2. The Great Debate
The Historical Debate  
The Sociological Debate  
Reframing the Debate  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
 
Chapter 3. The Global Divide: Inequality Across Societies
Worlds Coming Apart and Coming Together  
The Double Divide  
The Global Debate  
Globalization: The Ties That Bind  
Immigration: Seeking to Cross the Divide  
The Market Paradox  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
Making a Difference  
Fair Trade  
Photo Essay: Honduras  
 
PART II. DIMENSIONS OF INEQUALITY
 
Chapter 4. Class Privilege
Wealth and Property  
Occupation  
Income  
Class Structure  
Growing Inequality  
Death and Taxes: Redirecting Wealth and Income  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
 
Chapter 5. Racial and Ethnic Inequality
A Debt Unpaid: Internal Colonialism  
Middleman Minorities and Ethnic Solidarity  
The Analytic Debate: Cultures and Structures of Poverty  
Colorful Language  
The Color of Justice  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
Making a Difference  
Photo Essay: Navajoland  
 
Chapter 6. Gender and Sexual Inequality
When Men Were Men  
From Glass Slippers to Glass Ceilings  
Work and Family: The Double Burden and the Second Shift  
Gender and Class Around the World  
Changing Norms on Gender and Sexuality  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
In the Media  
Making a Difference  
 
Chapter 7. Status Prestige
The Quest for Honor  
Socialization: Acquiring Marks of Distinction  
Association: Whom You Know  
Lifestyles of the Rich and the Destitute  
Tastes in Transition  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
 
Chapter 8. Power and Politics
People Power and Powerful People  
Who Rules? The Power Elite Debate  
Changing the Rules: Campaign Finance Reform  
Global Power: Who Really Rules?  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
 
PART III. CHALLENGES OF INEQUALITY
 
Chapter 9. Moving Up: Education and Mobility
Getting Ahead  
Education: Opening Doors, Opening Minds  
No Child Left Behind  
Ladders With Broken Rungs  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
Making a Difference  
 
Chapter 10. Abandoned Spaces, Forgotten Places: Poverty and Place
Urban Poverty: Abandoned Spaces  
The Making and Unmaking of the Postindustrial City  
Brain-Gain and Brain-Drain Cities  
Suburban Poverty: The Urban Fringe  
Rural Poverty: Forgotten Places  
Poverty in the Global Ghetto  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
Making a Difference  
Photo Essay: Deindustrialization and Revival  
 
Chapter 11. Reversing the Race to the Bottom: Poverty and Policy
From Welfare to Work  
The Challenge of the Margins: Antipoverty Programs  
Extreme Poverty: Homelessness and Hunger  
Poverty Programs Among Advanced Industrial Nations  
The Private World of Poverty  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
Making a Difference  
 
Chapter 12. Challenging the System: Social Movements in a Global Age
The Enduring Struggle: The Labor Movement  
Gender and Power: The Women’s Movement  
Gay Rights: Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Equal Access  
Race and Power: The Civil Rights Movement  
The Happiest Places on Earth  
One World After All  
Key Points  
For Review and Discussion  
Making Connections  
Making a Difference  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author
Key features

KEY FEATURES: 

  • Social inequalities in the United States, and how they are affected by global inequalities, are covered in vivid detail.
  • The intersection of race, class, and gender, addressed throughout the book as a pervasive institutionalized system of privilege and oppression, demonstrates to students the importance of social actors and social change. 
  • Visual Essays demonstrate global (Honduras), rural (Navajoland), and urban (deindustrialized) contexts, providing powerful photographic depictions of inequality in global contexts.
  • Frequent graphs and tables, many of which are discussed in the text, summarize key data about inequality.

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