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Fractured Identities Changing Patterns of Inequality

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ISBN-10: 0745610846

ISBN-13: 9780745610849

Edition: 1996

Authors: Harriett Bradley

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Despite claims about the "classless society", modern industrial societies such as Britain and America are characterized by widening gaps between rich and poor. At the same time, inequalities of class overlap with other inequalities, such as those of ethnicity or gender. Recent research in sociology has highlighted the growing complexity of patterns of stratification and the interplay between different aspects of inequality. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to past and current theories of stratification and inequality. It pulls together work in the areas of class, gender, race and age, locating the analysis within current debates over modernity and post-modernity.Separate chapters on class, gender, race and age provide overviews of debates in a way designed to be accessible to students and also how these four dimensions of inequality act upon one another. Unlike many other texts, the book covers both the modernist approaches derived from the sociological classics and newer contributions influenced by post-modernism and post-structuralism. While accepting the postmodern view that societies are becoming fragmented and social identities more fluid, Fractured Identities concludes that modernist insights are still vital. Modern societies are marked by both fragmentation and polarization.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 1/23/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792

List of tables
Introduction
Inequality, fragmentation and identity
Capitalism, modernity and change
Class: beyond Marx?
Gender: rethinking patriarchy
"Race" and ethnicity: 'travelling in the West'
Age: a neglected dimension of stratification
Some international comparisons
Conclusion
Fractured identities: processes of fragmentation and polarization in post-industrial capitalist societies
Bibliography and sources
Index