Written by a leading sociologist of Scotland, this ground-breaking new introduction is a comprehensive account of the social, political, economic and cultural processes at work in contemporary Scottish society. At a time of major uncertainty and transformation The New Sociology of Scotland explores every aspect of Scottish life. Placed firmly in the context of globalisation, the text: • examines a broad range of topics including race and ethnicity, social inequality, national identity, health, class, education, sport, media and culture, among many others. • looks at the ramifications of recent political events such as British General Election of 2015, the Scottish parliament election of May 2016, and the Brexit referendum of June 2016. • uses learning features such as further reading and discussion questions to stimulate students to engage critically with issues raised. Written in a lucid and accessible style, The New Sociology of Scotland is an indispensable guide for students of sociology and politics.

Inequality, Poverty and Power

Inequality, Poverty and Power

So much for looking at who runs Scotland. But who gets what? How are wealth and income distributed in Scotland? Note too our use of ‘power’ in the title. It is not an alliterative afterthought to poverty and inequality, but central to understanding Scotland, indeed any society. Nor is power a zero-sum game which you either possess or not, and, in any case, it works most effectively when it is opaque. In capitalist societies, money makes the world go round. Martin Wolf, the economics commentator, observed: ‘In a society dominated by wealth, money will buy power’ (Financial Times, 15 April 2014).

Chapter aims

  • To analyse the distribution of wealth and marketable assets in Scotland, and how it has changed ...
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