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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 ...

Global Inequality: Bringing Politics Back In
Global inequality: Bringing politics back in
Introduction

The data on contemporary human inequality are dramatic and widely known:

Consider the relative income shares of the richest and poorest 20 per cent of the world's people. Between 1960 and 1991 the share of the richest 20 per cent rose from 70 per cent of global income to 85 per cent – while that of the poorest declined from 2.3 per cent to 1.4 per cent. So, the ratio of the shares of the richest and the poorest increased from 30:1 to 61:1. … by 1991 more than 85 per cent of the world's population received only 15 per cent of its income. (UNDP 1996: 13)

At the beginning of the twenty-first century about a ...

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