Machine generated contents note: pt. I The persistence of social divisions 1. Defining and explaining `social divisions' / Geoff Payne Social divisions as a way of thinking about society What are social divisions? Social divisions as social rules Social divisions in contemporary society The complexity of social divisions The plan of the book Discussion questions Further reading 2. Class and stratification / John Scott Conceptualising class and stratification Differentiating class, status and authority Occupations and social stratification Class societies Mapping classes Changing class relations Class and life chances in contemporary society The subordinate classes The intermediate situation The advantaged classes Mobility and elites Occupation plus: class as lived experience Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 3. Gender / Pamela Abbott Changes in gender relations Explaining gender divisions: the feminist critique of male sociology Gender and power Sexual violence Gender and education Beyond schools Gender, work and domestic labour Gender and the labour market Explanations for women's labour market participation Gender and welfare policies Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 4. Race / John Solomos Historical background and context Situating the present Community, culture and cohesion Residential segregation Multiculturism and conflict Race, riots, and deracialisation Race, gender and class Racialised inequalities today Discussion questions Further reading pt. II Social structures and inequalities 5. Education / Diane Reay A brief history of social division in education The tripartite system Comprehensive schooling Academy schools and achievement Geography matters Socially divisive educational practices: children and young people Higher education: the new educational glass ceiling Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 6. Work / Tim Strangleman The social division of labour Work as uniting, work as dividing Divisions at work: skill and qualifications Divisions at work: gender Divisions at work: race/ethnicity Divisions at work: age The new economy and new social divisions? Work and social divisions Discussion questions Further reading 7. Poverty / Lucinda Platt What is poverty? Poverty as social division Evaluating poverty: the early studies Absolute or relative poverty Luxuries and the bare necessities of life Measuring poverty: income Material disadvantage Poverty in Britain today Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 8. Elites / Daniel R. Smith Classical elite theory: Pareto, Mosca and Michels American elite theories: Veblen and Mills Elites in the UK: then and now The super-rich British elite institutions: education and clubs Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 9. Global social divisions / Robert Holton Key concepts A short historical sociology of global social divisions How unequal is economic inequality in today's world? Gender and globalisation Globalisation and network society Global cities Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading pt. III Social divisions and the body 10. Sexuality / Stevi Jackson Sexuality, gender and institutionalised heterosexuality The critique of essentialism The social construction of sexuality A sexualised culture? Heterosexuality as a gendered practice Heterosexuality as an institution Choice, inequality and the commodification of sex New essentialisms and the re-entanglement of gender and sex Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 11. Age / Liz Frost The social nature of age divisions Youth: cultural capital Subcultures and beyond The declining cultural capital of the young? Older people Differences or convergences? Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 12. Disability / David Saltiel Understanding the social model of disability Criticisms of the social model Hearing the lived experience of disability Disability in modern society: conceptual and political challenges Disability in modern society: the duality of change Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 13. Health / Geoff Payne Defining health and illness: medical or social? Defining health and illness: personal and cultural? Who lives here? The compositional approach What is this place like? The contextual approach Poor people and poor places: the relational approach Beyond the individual and the local: the political economy approach Future directions Discussion questions Further reading pt. IV Inclusion, exclusion and inequality 14. Social identities / Steph Lawler Identity troubles Producing identities Sameness and difference Recognition and redistribution Power, privilege and identity Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 15. National identity / David Mccrone Changing national identities National and state identities The `dark gods' theory The new orthodoxies: culture wars Transforming national identities Understanding nationalisms Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 16. Religion / Michael Rosie Religious conflict: division as civil war Religion: discord and unity Britain: state, religion, diversity Towards (mostly) pluralism The decline in religious belonging Secularisation Religious difference Religion and enduring social division Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 17. Community / Catherine Maclean The nature of community Communities and change The dynamics of community living Recent conceptual developments and trends Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading 18. Social divisions as a sociological perspective / Geoff Payne Defining `social division' Division and difference Social divisions and social cohesion Social divisions as a distinctive perspective Intersectionality: evolutionary idea or metaphorical dead end? Social division and intersectionality The significance of social division Discussion questions.
Previous edition: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Includes bibliographical references and index.