Understanding Social Inequality: Intersections of Class, Age, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in Canada

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byJulie McMullin, Josh Curtis

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Now in its third edition, Understanding Social Inequality examines the full scope of inequality in Canada today. The text's two-part structure introduces theories of class, gender, age, ethnicity, and race before examining case studies and examples demonstrating the consequences of inequality.This allows students to form their own conclusions about why social inequality remains prevalent and the potential actions that can be taken to eradicate it.

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Now in its third edition, Understanding Social Inequality examines the full scope of inequality in Canada today. The text's two-part structure introduces theories of class, gender, age, ethnicity, and race before examining case studies and examples demonstrating the consequences of inequality.This allows students to form their own conc...

Julie McMullin is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Western University. She is also Western's first Vice-Provost and Vice-President (International), presently serving a five-year term beginning June 1, 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served an 18-month secondment as Special Advisor to the Provost on Internationalization...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.57 inPublished:October 7, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note: each chapter includes:- Introduction- Questions for critical thought- Glossary- Recommended reading- Relevant websitesPart One1. IntroductionDefining Social InequalityDefining Social StructureStructures of InequalityHuman Agency: Connecting Individuals to Social StructuresLives in Time and Place2. Class and InequalityMarx and Marxism- Marx: Class as a Productive Social Relation- New-Marxism: Issues of Exploitation, Authority, and CredentialsWeber and the Neo-Weberians- Weber: Class, Power, and Distribution- Neo-Weberian Approaches: Frank Parkin- Neo-Weberian Approaches: John Goldthorpe- Neo-Weberian Approaches: Edward GrabbThe Death of Social Class? Economic Prosperity and GlobalizationThe Global Perspective3. Gender and InequalityExplanations of Gender-Based InequalitySocial Relations of Reproduction: Patriarchy as a System of DominationSexual Orientation and HeterosexismSocial Relations of Production and Reproduction: Capitalism and Patriarchy as Intersecting Systems of DominationCombining the Relations of Production and Distribution"Doing Gender": Issues of Agency and IdentityBringing It All TogetherConceptualizing Gender in a Theory of Inequality4. Race, Ethnicity, and InequalityAbandoning the Concept of RaceConceptualizing Race/Ethnicity and Racism/Ethnicity- Ethnicity: Issues of Culture and Identity- Toward a Structural Account of Race and Racism- Racial Formation- Structural Racism- Racism in Everyday LifeConceptualizing Race and Ethnicity in a Theory of Inequality5. Age and InequalityExplanations of Age-Based Inequality- Age Stratification Theory- Age Strata- Cohorts- Age Stratification Theory and InequalityDisability and InequalityThe Political Economy of AgingThe Social Construction of Old Age and YouthConceptualizing Age in a Theory of Inequality6. Actors and AgencyActors and Human ActionAgencyIntersections of Agency and Structure- Integrated Approaches- Analytic Dualism- A View in the Middle7. Actors and CAGE(s)Social Time- The Life-Course PerspectiveSocial ProcessesSocial StructureAgency and Structure: Actors and CAGE(s)Structure, Agency, and Anna's LifeSocial InequalityPart Two8. CAGE(s), Families, and Domestic Laout, and the Processes of ReproductionDefining FamiliesDomestic LabourViolence in FamiliesSexualityExplaining Inequality in FamiliesBeyond Statistics: Agency and Experience within Families9. CAGE(s) and Paid WorkCanada's Class and Occupational StructureUnemploymentIncome and PovertyAlienation and SkillExplaining Inequality in Paid WorkBeyond Statistics: Agency and Experience in Paid Work10. CAGE(s) and EducationFocusing on Class: Historical Notes and Existing Patterns- Educational Attainment- Educational Returns in the Labour MarketFocusing on Race/Ethnicity: Historical Notes and Existing Patterns- Educational Attainment- Educational Returns in the Labour MarketFocusing on Gender: Historical Notes and Existing Patterns- Educational Attainment- Educational Returns in the Labour MarketFocusing on Age and Life Course- Historical Trends in Canadian Educational Attainment- Adult Education and the Changing Face of Education- Educational Returns in the Labour MarketBeyond the Statistics: Agency and Experience in Education11. CAGE(s) and HealthInequality in Health: Some Current Perspectives and CritiquesMortality, Morbidity, and Mental Health- Social Class and SES- Race and Ethnicity- Gender- Age and Social TimeUnderstanding Inequality in Health- Agency and Lifestyle Behaviour- Health Care Access and UtilizationCAGE(s) and the Processes of Production, Reproduction, and Distribution12. CAGE(s) and the StateFocusing on Class: Making Citizens, Making "Class"- Poverty- Re-manufacturing Class: Workfare- Agents in Action: Dissent and Co-optationFocusing on Race: Making Citizens, Making "Race"- Re-manufacturing "Race"/Ethnicity: Immigration- Social Regulation: "Race"/Ethnicity and the Law- Agents in Action: Citizenship ClaimsFocusing on Gender: Engendering Citizens- Social Regulation: Reproductive Rights- Agents in Action: Violence against WomenFocusing on Age: Citizenship over the Life Course- Social Regulation: Child Welfare Legislation- Agents in Action: Mandatory Retirement13. Conclusion: Equality, Politics, Platforms, and Policy IssuesReferencesIndex

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"The major strength . . . is its ability to contextualize areas where social inequality is experienced (work, families, education, health justice) through a structural analysis of oppression and privilege (race, class, gender, age). The textbook is accessible in its language and explanation,and presents readers with a variety of methodological approaches in sociology." --Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst, St. Francis Xavier University