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. Divided into two parts, the text opens with an introduction to theories of class, gender, age, ethnicity, and race that are used to examine inequality. The second part shifts fromtheories to instances and outcomes of inequality, presented in case studies and in examples drawn from Canadian literature. The two-part structure provides students with a context for forming their own conclusions about why social inequality remains prevalent and what must be done to reverseinequalities in class, gender, age, and race. This third edition has been updated with the latest research and data and offers new coverage of current topics in the field, such as sexual orientation and disability. Helping students better understand the Canadian experience in relation to other countries, it also introduces a global perspectivevia a new box feature as well as figures that highlight trends in inequality across the world. These new features help readers develop a more current and comprehensive understanding of social stratification.

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Now in its third edition, Understanding Social Inequality examines the full scope of inequality in Canada today. Divided into two parts, the text opens with an introduction to theories of class, gender, age, ethnicity, and race that are used to examine inequality. The second part shifts fromtheories to instances and outcomes of inequal...

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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PrefaceAcknowledgementsPart 11. IntroductionDefining Social InequalityDefining Social StructureStructures of InequalityHuman Agency: Connecting Individuals to Social StructuresLives in Time and PlaceQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites2. Class and InequalityIntroductionMarx and Marxism- Marx: Class as a Productive Social Relation- Neo-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 GlobalizationA Note on Stratification ApproachesConceptualizing Social Class in a Framework of InequalityNotesQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites3. Gender and InequalityIntroductionExplanations 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 InequalityQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites4. Race, Ethnicity, and InequalityIntroductionAbandoning the Concept of RaceConceptualizing Race/Ethnicity and Racism/Ethnicism- Ethnicity: Issues of Culture and Identity- Toward a Structural Account of Race and Racism- Racial Formations- Structural Racism- Racism in Everyday LifeConceptualizing Race and Ethnicity in a Theory of InequalityQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites5. Age and InequalityIntroductionExplanations of Age-Based Inequality- Age Stratification Theory- Age Strata- Cohorts- Age Stratification Theory and InequalityDisability and Inequality- Theorizing Disability- Poverty, Socio-economic Status, and DisabilityThe Political Economy of AgingThe Social Construction of Old Age and YouthConceptualizing Age in a Theory of InequalityNoteQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites6. Actors and AgencyIntroductionActors and Human ActionAgencyIntersections of Agency and Structure- Integrated Approaches- Analytic Dualism- A View in the MiddleQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingsRelevant Websites7. Actors and CAGE(s)IntroductionSocial Time- The Life-Course PerspectiveSocial ProcessesSocial StructureAgency and Structure: Actors and CAGE(s)Structure, Agency, and Anna's LifeSocial InequalityQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingPart 28. CAGE(s), Families, and Domestic Labour, and the Processes of ReproductionIntroductionDefining FamiliesDomestic LabourViolence in FamiliesSexualityExplaining Inequality in FamiliesBeyond Statistics: Agency and Experience within FamiliesConclusionsNotesQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites9. CAGE(s) and Paid WorkIntroductionCanada's Class and Occupational StructureUnemploymentIncome and PovertyAlienation and SkillExplaining Inequality in Paid WorkBeyond Statistics: Agency and Experience in Paid WorkConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites10. CAGE(s) and EducationIntroductionFocusing 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 EducationConclusionQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites11. CAGE(s) and HealthIntroductionInequality 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 DistributionConclusionNoteQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites12. CAGE(s) and the StateIntroductionFocusing 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 RetirementConclusionNoteQuestions for Critical ThoughtGlossaryRecommended ReadingRelevant Websites13. Conclusion: Equality, Politics, Platforms, and Policy IssuesReferencesIndex