Social Stratification

Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective


David B. Grusky

Fourth Edition • January 28, 2014 • 1200 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813346717 • $92.00 USD$62.50 CAN

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With income inequality on the rise and the ongoing economic downturn, the causes, consequences, and politics of inequality are undergoing a fundamental transformation. Updated and highly accessible, the fourth edition of Social Stratification provides refreshing take on existing theories, incorporates the latest data, and lends new perspectives to classic debates.

The fourth edition includes fifty new or updated readings and a new streamlined organization that allows the evolution of stratification scholarship to unfold in a systematic fashion. The new readings cover the latest research on economic inequality, including the social construction of racial categories, the new immigrant economy, new forms of segregation and neighborhood inequality, the uneven and stalled gender revolution, the role of new educational forms and institutions in generating both equality and inequality, and the extent of anti-gay discrimination in the labor market.

The result is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and methodologically diverse text appropriate for sophisticated undergraduate and graduate courses on poverty, inequality, social stratification, social problems, the labor market, social class, social mobility, and race and ethnicity.


David B. Grusky is professor of sociology at Stanford University, director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, founder and coeditor of Pathways Magazine, and coeditor of the Stanford University Press Social Inequality Series.  His recent books include Occupy the Future, The New Gilded Age, The Great Recession, The Inequality Reader (Westview Press), The Inequality Puzzle, Poverty and Inequality, Mobility and Inequality, Occupational Ghettos, and The Declining Significance of Gender?.

Katherine Weisshaar is a PhD candidate in the sociology department at Stanford University. Prior to arriving at Stanford, she graduated from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on gender, families, and income inequality.

Part I: The Functions and Dysfunctions of Inequality
Part II: Inequality in Comparative Perspective
Part III: The Structure of Inequality
Part IV: The Ruling Class, Elites, and the Upper Class
Part V: Poverty and thw Underclass
Part VI: Whe Gets Ahead?
Part VII: Race and Ethnicity
Part VIII: Gender Inequality
Part IX: The Consequences of Inequality
Part X: The Future of Inequaity

“A clear and in-depth discussion of how social policy has dealt with issues of poverty and inequality, and is a ‘must’ for any college-level collection.”
The Midwest Book Review

Praise for the prior editions:

“Even America is not immune to the forces that give rise to class warfare. Now in a thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded third edition, Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective by David B. Grusky continues to be the primary text comprising contributions by leading academicians and researchers on the issues associated with poverty and inequality within the United States. A standard text for more than a decade, this new third edition is an impressive body of sustained and seminal scholarship continues to insure that Social Stratification is an invaluable and emphatically recommended, core addition to professional and academic library Sociological Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.” –The Midwest Book Review

“While maintaining the depth and breadth of its predecessor, more than 30 new contributions to the second edition of Social Stratification strengthen its coverage of new theoretical and empirical work in social stratification. It reflects a clear vision of the scientific and intellectual history of the field, but it will also shape research and scholarship for years to come. For researchers, teachers, and students, Social Stratification will be an indispensable resource.” -Robert M. Hauser, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“The revised edition of Social Stratification is the definitive reader in the field. In this new edition, the author has revised virtually every section, adding both additional classics and new essays. For coverage of the field, this is a must-read.” -Barbara Reskin, Harvard University

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