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Exploring Inequality: A Sociological Approach

Exploring Inequality: A Sociological Approach

Second Edition

October 2021 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Now Published by SAGE!

In Exploring Inequality: A Sociological Approach, author Jenny M. Stuber examines the socially constructed nature of our identities, the processes by which we acquire them, prejudice and privilege, and the unequal outcomes they produce within institutions. By employing both micro-level and macro-level perspectives, as well as integrating intersectional analysis in every chapter, this text provides a solid and effective framework for understanding social diversity and inequality.

The updated Second Edition features a strong introductory chapter reviewing key theories and concepts, real-world examples, social problems and their solutions, and better visuals to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of social inequality.

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Chapter 1: Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Sociological Approach to Diversity
Unit 1: The Social Construction of Identity and Difference
Chapter 2: Is Biology Destiny? Understanding Sex and Gender
Chapter 3: Baby, Was I Born This Way? Understanding Sexual Orientation and Sexuality
Chapter 4: More Than Skin Deep? Understanding Race and ethnicity
Chapter 5: Living the American Dream? Understanding Social Class
Chapter 6: Deficit or Difference? Understanding Disabilities
Unit 2: Socialization: The Process by Which We Become Who We Are
Chapter 7: Enlisting in Gender Boot camp: How We Become Gendered Beings
Chapter 8: Who Gets to Decide? How We Become Racialized Beings
Chapter 9: Calling Class to Order: How We Become Classed Beings
Unit 3: Of Prejudice and Privilege: A Sociologist’s Tool Kit
Chapter 10: Bigots, Cheats, and Unsportsmanlike Players: Understanding Inequality at the Micro Level
Chapter 11: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: Understanding Inequality at the Macro Level
Unit 4: Unequal Outcomes: The Interplay of the Micro and Macro Levels
Chapter 12: Graduating with Honors? Understanding Inequalities in Education
Chapter 13: Is the Gender Gap in Pay a Myth? Understanding Gender Inequalities at Work
Chapter 14: Living to a Ripe Old Age? Understanding Inequalities in Health and Well-Being


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Key features


  • Updated data from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Education Statistics, and Pew Research.
  • Coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it intersects with gender, race, and social class.
  • Research findings that explore the complex intersections between nature and nurture, especially when it comes to gender and sexuality.
  • Case studies of activism that is attempting to address social inequality.
  • A broad consideration of social diversity (in terms of race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, and ability/disability) demonstrates how social identities are constructed within the context of social institutions (education, health care, and work).
  • An intersectional perspective is fully integrated in every chapter to illustrate to students the social markers such as race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation that shape an experience.
  • A strong balance of micro-level and macro level perspectives illustrate how individual forces and structural factors perpetuate inequalities in everyday life, from face-to-face meetings to systems of privilege created by institutions. The authors also use this approach to examine how individual identities are formed through socialization and interaction.

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