Sociology consists of a myriad of frequently confusing concepts. Key Concepts in Sociology provides a comprehensive, lively and clearly-written guide to the most important concepts in the subject. It includes both what might be regarded as ‘classic’ sociological concepts, such as ‘class’, ‘bureaucracy’ and ‘community’, as well as subjects that have become increasingly prominent in recent times, such as ‘celebrity’, ‘risk’ and ‘the body’.

Each of the thirty-eight substantive entries: Defines the concept; provides a clear and compelling narrative; clarifies the main debates, perspectives and disagreements; gives advice on further reading

Key Concepts in Sociology should be the first choice for sociology students at all levels of learning.

Social Stratification

Social stratification

According to Savage, while almost all substantive areas of sociology are more strongly anchored in other disciplines than they are in sociology (for example, he observes that family belongs more to anthropology and work and organization to economics and management), the one exception is the study of stratification, which

… has acted as a unifying force within sociological analysis, as a distinct area where the discipline of sociology claims distinctive pre-eminence … Sociology became distinctive in putting stratification at the heart of its intellectual endeavour. (2005: 236–237)

The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines stratification as a geological term that refers to the formation by natural process of strata or layers one above the other. The concept of social stratification is derived from geology and ...

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