Changing Structures of Inequality: A Comparative Perspective

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Yannick Lemel, Heinz Herbert Noll
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2003 - Social Science - 440 pages
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Changing Structures of Inequality examines these questions in a new comparative perspective, covering five national societies - Canada, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States. The authors offer a deed analysis of country-specific research traditions in the fields of class analysis and social stratification, revealing important conceptual differences which have consequences for the diagnoses. They present the results of substantial compa-rative studies on different aspects of inequality in developed societies - the inequality of income and wealth; educational inequalities; status crystallization; migration and inequality; gender inequality and the structuring effect of social class - highlighting similarities as well as substantial differences between the societies under examination. The authors offer a nuanced con-clusion that puts in perspective the different topics of this contemporary debate. Developed societies are now characterized by more dynamic and pluralistic structures of inequalities, where classes have lost some of their previous importance, but to some extent still have a place. Contributors include Howard M. Bahr, Mathias Bös, Gary Caldwell, Salustiano del Campo, Theodore Caplow, Louis Chauvel, Michel Forse, Wolfgang Glatzer, Richard Huaser, Paul W. Kingston, Denise Lemieux, Laura Maratou-Alipranti, and Marion Mohle.
 

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Contents

A Comparative Perspective
1
The Distinctiveness of French Research
17
The German Case
45
Empirical Studies on Social Stratification in Quebec and Canada
75
The State of the Art
117
Research on Class in the United States
153
Some Problems With the Comparative Charting of Trends in Inequality
171
The Distribution of Income and Wealth in European and North American Societies
187
Status Consistency Trends of Occupational Educational and Economic Position in France Germany and the United States
251
International Migration and Inequality
275
Gender Inequality in Five Modern Societies
333
The Structuring Effect of Social Class in Four Societies
369
Conclusions
429
Author index
441
Subject index
453
The Authors
459

Distribution of Knowledge Social Origins and Social Outcomes
219

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Lemel is a sociologist and director of the Laboratoire de sociologic quantitative, INSEE, Paris.

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