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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Class in Contemporary Britain

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230238664
Publication Date March 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Britain is one of the most unequal countries in the western world: the richest one per cent own a vast proportion of the wealth, while both the pay gap and spending habits remain incredibly divisive. How do such divisions reflect contemporary ideas of class? In what way does economic life affect individuals and social relationships? What are the implications for society as a whole?

This thoroughly revised second edition of Class in Contemporary Britain uses class theory to interrogate and explain patterns and trends in economic inequalities, and to explore their consequences from a sociological view. Addressing and debating timely questions, this new edition:

• Assesses different ways of mapping class structures through class schemes
• Highlights the continued importance of class in sociological study and analyses contemporary social class divisions
• Explores key topics, including social mobility, voting habits and education
• Reflects on recent changes and developments in the field, from environmental and technological concerns to shifts in class demographics

This comprehensive and accessible book disentangles the complex ties between economic, social and political perspectives on class in contemporary Britain. It is essential reading for all social sciences students who are studying class.

KEN ROBERTS Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is the author of many books, including Leisure and Lifestyle, Leisure in Contemporary Society 2e, The Leisure Industries and Youth in Transition. He is a former chair of the World Leisure Research Commission and he is currently president of ISA RC13 (Sociology of Leisure). He was a member of the HEFCE RAE Panels for Sports-Related Studies in 1996 and 2001.

Class Schemes and scales
Economic Change
The Working Class
Intermediate Classes
The Middle Class
the Upper Class
Social Mobility


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