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Theories of Social Inequality, 5th Edition

By Edward G. Grabb
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288 pages
ISBN-10: 0176416668
ISBN-13: 9780176416669
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 5th

This best-selling text provides an incisive and engaging introduction to classical and contemporary sociological theory. Students are given a thorough explanation of the social construction of inequality based on a solid grounding in the work of the major classical theorists, such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim. The crucial role of power/domination unifies theoretical discussions. Updated perspectives in this new edition include the transnational or global level, regarding for example the issue of global terror.


  • *NEW* Over 30 new references have been added throughout the text, including studies as recent as 2005
  • *NEW* A major new section (over 1200 words) in Chapter Six looks at the problem of social inequality at the transnational or global level, and argues that global social inequality is best understood by examining the overarching influences of different forms of power both within and among nations
  • *NEW* References throughout the chapter have been updated, in particular to take into consideration the most recent books by some of the key figures covered
  • The work of six contemporary sociologists is highlighted: Dahrendorf, Lenski, Poulantzas, Wright, Parkin, and Giddens.
  • Leading examples of theories that focus on two specific types of social inequality gender and race are presented.
  • Most chapters begin with a brief quotation, and introduction to the scholar(s) and topics of discussion.
  • The section on Giddens discusses how his views of the threat of nuclear war have been affected by the events of September 11, 2001 and the possibility of global terror.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Theories of Social Inequality: An Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Karl Marx and the Theory of Class
  • Chapter 3: Max Weber and the Multiple Bases for Inequality
  • Chapter 4: Durkheim, Social Solidarity, and Social Inequality
  • Chapter 5: Structural Functionalism and Social Inequality
  • Chapter 6: Recent Perspectives on Social Inequality
  • Chapter 7: Theories of Social Inequality: A Summary and Evaluation
  • References
  • Index

Author Information

Pierre Bergeron

Pierre Bergeron is an adjunct professor at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. He is an experienced and well-respected author.  He is the author of seven books and...