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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $55.24
  • April 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97725-7
  • 1040 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Inequality and Society

Social Science Perspectives on Social Stratification


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Jeff Manza (Editor, New York University), Michael Sauder (Editor, University of Iowa)


Designed for undergraduate courses on inequality, this reader is the first and only one to incorporate political inequality into the discussion of social stratification.

With the ideal balance of classic essays and more contemporary studies, Inequality and Society covers the standard themes of poverty and inequality while bringing political institutions into the analysis.


The only inequality reader to highlight political inequality.

In addition to including readings on poverty and inequality, Manza and Sauder created a reader that examines the often neglected relationship between inequality and political institutions. Editors highlight the role of politics, and a political analysis of inequality, alongside questions that more conventional social science approaches to studying stratification systems have answered.

Strikes the perfect balance between classic readings and contemporary research.

In addition to incorporating more political sociology, Manza and Sauder’s goal was to place research on inequality in a historical context, since these early theoretical ideas provide the departure point for current scholarship. At the same time, however, much intellectual progress has been made in the past half-century. Manza and Sauder provide contemporary research by including exciting new selections from sociologists such as Dalton Conley, Rebecca Kantor, Alba and Nee, Leslie McCall, and Amartya Sen.

    Part I. Classic Works on Social Stratification and Inequality

    1. Adam Smith

    1. The Division of Labour, in The Wealth of Nations

    2. Karl Marx

    1. Wage, Labor, and Capital
    2. Manifesto of the Communist Party
    3. The German Ideology
    4. Historical Materialism

    3. Max Weber

    1. Class, Status, Party
    2. Open and Closed Relationships

    4. Thorstein Veblen

    1. The Theory of the Leisure Class

    5. W.E.B. Du Bois

    1. Of Our Spiritual Strivings
    2. The Problem of the Twentieth Century is the Problem of the Color Line

    6. Simone De Beauvoir

    1. The Second Sex

    7. Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E. Moore

    1. Some Principles of Stratification

    8. T. H. Marshall

    1. Citizenship and Social Class

    9. C. Wright Mills

    1. The Sociology of Stratification

    Part II. Who Gets What?

    The Distribution of Income and Wealth

    10. Claude Fischer and Michael Hout (with Jon Stiles)

    1. What Americans Had: Differences in Living Standards

    11. Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez

    1. The Evolution of Top Incomes: A Historical and International Perspective

    12. Peter Gottschalk and Sheldon Danziger

    1. Inequality of Wage Rates, Earnings, and Family Income in the United States, 1975-2002

    13. Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn

    1. The Gender Pay Gap

    14. Lisa Keister

    1. I’d Rather Be Rich

    15. Dalton Conley

    1. Forty Acres and a Mule


    16. Rebecca Blank

    1. The Changing Face of Poverty

    17. Maya Federman, Thesia I. Garner, Kathleen Short, W. Boman Cutter IV, John Kiely, David Levine, Duane McGough, and Marilyn McMillen

    1. What Does It Mean to Be Poor in America?

    Social Mobility

    18. Richard Breen and David Rottman

    1. Social Mobility

    19. Mark Granovetter

    1. Finding Work: Some Basic Results

    20. Erik Olin Wright and Rachel Dwyer

    1. The American Jobs Machine: Is the New Economy Creating Good Jobs?

    Part III. Group-Level Stratification Processes

    Social Exclusion and Group Advantage

    21. Herbert Blumer

    1. Race Prejudice as a Sense of Group Position

    22. Douglas Massey

    1. The Psychology of Social Classification

    23. Rosabeth Kanter

    1. Minorities and Majorities

    24. Barbara Reskin and Patricia Roos

    1. Occupational Sex Segregation: Persistence and Change

    25. Devah Pager, Bruce Western, and Bart Bonikowski

    1. Race at Work: The Realities of Race and Criminal Record in the NYC Job Market

    26. Charles Tilly

    1. The Roots of Durable Inequality

    27. Pierre Bourdieu

    1. The Forms of Capital

    28. Erik Olin Wright

    1. Class Structure in Comparative Perspective

    29. E. P. Thompson

    1. Preface to The Making of the English Working Class

    30. Charles Derber, William A. Schwartz, and Yale Magrass

    1. Spinning Knowledge into Gold: Knowledge as Property

    Some Peculiarities of Racial Inequality in America

    31. William Julius Wilson

    1. Jobless Poverty: A New Form of Social Dislocation in the Inner-City Ghetto

    32. Douglas Massey and Nancy A. Denton

    1. The Perpetuation of the Black Underclass

    33. Martin Gilens

    1. The American News Media and Public Misperceptions of Race and Poverty

    Gender Inequalities

    34. Jerry A. Jacobs

    1. Detours on the Road to Equality: Women, Work, and Higher Education

    35. Claudia Goldin

    1. From the Valley to the Summit: A Brief History of the Quiet Revolution that Transformed Women’s Work

    36. Arlie Hochschild

    1. From The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home

    37. Paula England and Barbara Stanek Kilbourne

    1. Markets, Marriages, and Other Mates: The Problem of Power

    38. Deborah Rhode

    1. Sex and Violence

    Immigration and Inequality in Contemporary America

    39. Charles Hirschman

    1. Immigration and the New American Century

    40. Portes, Alejandro, Patricia Fernández-Kelly, and William Haller

    1. Segmented Assimilation on the Ground: The New Second Generation in Early Adulthood

    41. Roger Waldinger and Cynthia Feliciano

    1. Will the New Generation Experience Downward Assimilation? Segmented Assimilation Re-assessed

    Complex Inequalities: The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Class

    42. Patricia Hill Collins

    1. Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection

    43. Orlando Patterson

    1. Broken Bloodlines: The External Gender Environment

    44. Annette Lareau

    1. Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families

    45. Leslie McCall

    1. Increasing Class Disparities Among Women and the Politics of Gender Equity

    46. Ian Ayers and Peter Siegelman

    1. Gender and Race Discrimination in Retail Car Negotiations

    Part IV. Political Inequality

    47. Gosta Esping-Andersen

    1. The Three Political Economies of the Welfare State

    48. Claude S. Fischer, Michael Hout, Martin Sanchez Jankowski, Samuel R. Lucas, Ann Swidler, and Kim Voss

    1. How Unequal? America’s Invisible Policy Choices

    49. G. William Domhoff

    1. Power

    50. Dan Clawson

    1. Money and Politics

    51. Jeff Manza

    1. The Right to Vote and Unequal Participation in American Politics

    52. Richard Freeman

    1. Where Have All the Unions Gone…Long Time Passing?

    53. Jill Quadagno

    1. Explaining American Exceptionalism

    Part V. Globalization and Inequality

    54. Robert Pollin

    1. The Landscape of Global Austerity

    55. Douglas Massey

    1. The Age of Extremes: Concentrated Affluence and Poverty in the Twenty-First Century

    56. Glenn Firebaugh

    1. The New Geography of Global Income Inequality: Why Did It Arise and Why Does It Matter?

    Part VI. Consequences of Inequality

    57. Paul Krugman

    1. The Great Divergence

    58. Lawrence Jacobs and Theda Skocpol

    1. American Democracy in an Era of Rising Inequality

    59. Robert Frank

    1. How the Middle Class is Injured by Gains at the Top

    60. Amartya Sen

    1. Development as Freedom

    61. Christopher Jencks

    1. Does Inequality Matter?