Understanding Social Change by Anthony F. Heath

Understanding Social Change

byAnthony F. Heath, John Ermisch, Duncan Gallie

Hardcover | June 13, 2006

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These essays not only describe the major changes in British society in recent years, but seek to understand and explain what is happening. One of the themes running through this book is that, while there have been rapid changes in overall levels, there have been slower changes in relativities, and this analytical distinction is absolutely fundamental to a proper understanding of contemporary society. The book also considers the wide variety of mechanisms that underlie these changes, in particular processes of social interaction. The complex and often ill-understood nature of these mechanisms may be a major reason why so much social reform has proved ineffective. The verdict on social reforms ineducation, gender inequalities and ethnic inequalities is rather negative; and sociologists have long been concerned about the unintended consequences of social action, and in the policy field these are frequent. By highlighting the complexities of the causal mechanisms, sociological research canmake a major contribution to policy and public debate.While these papers do not claim that sociology will provide all the answers, they demonstrate that it has made real progress in understanding the social changes that Britain has experienced in recent decades.

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Anthony Heath is at Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy. John Ermisch is at Professor of Sociology, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex; Fellow of the British Academy. Anthony Heath is at Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy.

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Title:Understanding Social ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:375 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.05 inPublished:June 13, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197263143

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Table of Contents

Anthony F. Heath, John Ermisch, and Duncan Gallie: IntroductionJohn Ermisch: The Puzzling Rise in Childbearing Outside MarriageRichard Breen: Why Did Class Inequalities in Educational Attainment Remain Unchanged over Much of the Twentieth Century?John Gray: Is Failure Inevitable? The Recent Fate of Secondary School Reforms Intended to Alleviate Social DisadvantagePaul Edwards: The Puzzle of Work: Insecurity and Stress and Autonomy and CommitmentDuncan Gallie: Entrapment in Unemployment: Motivational Deficiency or Structural Constraint?Heather Joshi: Gender and Pay: Some More Equal than OthersAnthony F. Heath and Soojin Yu: Explaining Ethnic Minority DisadvantageSarah Harper and Peter Laslett: The Puzzle of Retirement and Early Retirement SARAH HARPER and PETER LASLETTGeorge W. Brown: The Social Origins of Depression and the Role of MeaningBryan Wilson and Eileen Barker: What are New Religious Movements Doing in a Secular Society?Paul Rock: Victims' Rights in England and Wales at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century