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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

Poverty and Life Chances: The Conceptualization and Study of the Poor
Poverty and life chances: The conceptualization and study of the poor
Introduction: Poverty Amid Plenty

This chapter is concerned with the theoretical conceptualization of poverty in rich, developed countries and the estimation of its effects on offspring. The difficulties of conceptualizing poverty amid plenty are perhaps best illustrated by a speech given by a member of the Forbes 400 richest Americans, Thomas Monaghan, who himself rose to great wealth from meager origins. ‘To me one of the most exciting things in the world is being poor,’ he began his lecture. To explain what he meant, Monaghan cited a study that concluded that a family of four could survive on $68 per year back around 1970 (which ...

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