This text explores how social inequality in the United States can be explained, how it affects us, and what can be done about it. - An examination of the pros and cons of globalization has been added to the chapter on globalization (Ch. 8) to strengthen the comparative component of the text. - Stronger in-depth discussion of socioeconomic status ...Read MoreThis text explores how social inequality in the United States can be explained, how it affects us, and what can be done about it. - An examination of the pros and cons of globalization has been added to the chapter on globalization (Ch. 8) to strengthen the comparative component of the text. - Stronger in-depth discussion of socioeconomic status of homosexuals and legal discrimination demonstrates how sex, sexual orientation, and gender lead to discrimination in the legal system (Ch. 5). - Added coverage of environmental racism (Ch. 12) reminds students that economic resources are not limited to income, but also to land. - The addition of discussion on Herbert Spencers theories of social Inequality (Ch. 9) complements the discussions of the poor and welfare reform in Chapter 16. - New coverage of the social constructionist theory in Chapter 10 aids in student recognition of preconceptions and biases in the manifestation of social inequality. - Two chapters on classical and contemporary theories about stratification show how inequality is a complex and multidimensional problem that is structural and socio-historical. - Part III looks at the consequences of inequality in contemporaRead Less
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This book has it all. The broad spectrum look at how our Western society breaks itself into pieces and then glares across the divides we create at each other in suspicion. This book makes it easy to understand how inferiority is designed and implemented systematically to keep the capitalistic economies afloat.
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