Class in Contemporary Britain

Class in Contemporary Britain

Addressing and debating timely questions, this new edition: • Assesses different ways of mapping class structures through class schemes • Highlights the continued importance of class in sociological study and analyses contemporary ...

Author: Ken Roberts

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9780230344587

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 646

Britain is one of the most unequal countries in the western world: the richest one per cent own a vast proportion of the wealth, while both the pay gap and spending habits remain incredibly divisive. How do such divisions reflect contemporary ideas of class? In what way does economic life affect individuals and social relationships? What are the implications for society as a whole? This thoroughly revised second edition of Class in Contemporary Britain uses class theory to interrogate and explain patterns and trends in economic inequalities, and to explore their consequences from a sociological view. Addressing and debating timely questions, this new edition: • Assesses different ways of mapping class structures through class schemes • Highlights the continued importance of class in sociological study and analyses contemporary social class divisions • Explores key topics, including social mobility, voting habits and education • Reflects on recent changes and developments in the field, from environmental and technological concerns to shifts in class demographics This comprehensive and accessible book disentangles the complex ties between economic, social and political perspectives on class in contemporary Britain. It is essential reading for all social sciences students who are studying class.
Categories: Social Science

Class and Contemporary British Culture

Class and Contemporary British Culture

How does culture articulate, frame, organise and produce stories about social class and class difference? What do these stories tell us about contemporary models of success, failure, struggle and aspiration?

Author: A. Biressi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137314130

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

View: 745

How does culture articulate, frame, organise and produce stories about social class and class difference? What do these stories tell us about contemporary models of success, failure, struggle and aspiration? How have class-based labels been revived or newly-minted to categorise the insiders and outsiders of the new 'age of austerity'? Drawing on examples from the 1980s to the present day this book investigates the changing landscape of class and reveals how it has become populated by a host of classed figures including Essex Man and Essex Girl, the 'squeezed middle', the 'sharp-elbowed middle class', the 'feral underclass', the 'white working class', the 'undeserving poor', 'selfish baby boomers' and others. Overall, the book argues that social class, although complicated and highly contested, remains a valid and fruitful route into understanding how contemporary British culture articulates social distinction and social difference and the significant costs and investments at stake for all involved.
Categories: Social Science

Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain

Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain

This collection is a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary British television drama and its representations of social class.

Author: David Forrest

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137555069

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 271

View: 301

This collection is a wide-ranging exploration of contemporary British television drama and its representations of social class. Through early studio-set plays, soap operas and period drama, the volume demonstrates how class provides a bridge across multiple genres and traditions of television drama. The authors trace this thematic emphasis into the present day, offering fascinating new insights into the national conversation around class and identity in Britain today. The chapters engage with a range of topics including authorial explorations of Stephen Poliakoff and Jimmy McGovern, case studies of television performers Maxine Peake and Jimmy Nail, and discussions of the sitcom genre and animation form. This book offers new perspectives on popular British television shows such as Goodnight Sweetheart and Footballers’ Wives, and analysis of more recent series such as Peaky Blinders and This is England.
Categories: Performing Arts

Class in a Capitalist Society

Class in a Capitalist Society

Author: John Westergaard

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: STANFORD:36105005359356

Category: Classes sociales - Grande-Bretagne

Page: 432

View: 749

Categories: Classes sociales - Grande-Bretagne

Social Class in Modern Britain

Social Class in Modern Britain

The book incorporates three alternative conceptions of class.

Author: Gordon Marshall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134858934

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 396

The book incorporates three alternative conceptions of class. Erik Olin Wright's structural Marxist account is set alongside John Goldthorpe's occupational class schema, and the Registrar-General's prestige and skill-related categories. The authors use their unique data on inequality and conflict in contemporary Britain to provide, for the first time, a rigourous comparison of Marxist, sociological and official class frameworks. The book ranges widely across such topics as sectionalism in the workforce; privatism of families and individuals; fatalism; gender and class processes; sectoral production and consumption cleavages. The authors conclude that class is still crucial in structuring economic, political and social life.
Categories: Social Science

Uncertain Masculinities

Uncertain Masculinities

This book takes a fascinating tour through the problems and opportunities facing teenage boys and young men, addressing one of the most important questions of our time: what does 'masculinity' mean today?

Author: Mike O'Donnell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134741410

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 609

In this era of rapid and unsettling change, boys now more than ever face difficulties in establishing their self-image and status. In this original and challenging study Mike O'Donnell and Sue Sharpe explore how teenage boys from white, African-Caribbean and Asian backgrounds negotiate contemporary uncertainties to construct their gender identities. Drawing theoretical insights about how class, race and ethnicity critically affect the formulation of masculinities throughout, the authors examine: * the discrepancies between boys and girls' attitudes and expectations * the split between boys' formal acceptance of politically correct ideas and their informal behaviour amongst the peer group * boys' leisure pursuits including involvement in illegal activities and their selective identification with global youth culture. Uncertain Masculinities is a fascinating account of the complexity of contemporary boys' identities and will be of use to students of the sociology of youth and of gender studies.
Categories: Social Science

Property Bureaucracy and Culture

Property  Bureaucracy and Culture

First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: Michael Savage

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415130093

Category: History

Page: 266

View: 887

First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: History

Class in Britain

Class in Britain

This is a social, intellectual and political history and a powerful account of how and why class has shaped British identity.

Author: David Cannadine

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141927800

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 529

David Cannadine's unique history examines the British preoccupation with class and the different ways the British have thought about their own society. From the eighteenth through the twentieth century, he traces the different ways British society has been viewed, unveiling the different purposes each model has served. This is a social, intellectual and political history and a powerful account of how and why class has shaped British identity.
Categories: Social Science

Servicing the Middle Classes

Servicing the Middle Classes

Servicing the Middle Classes investigates the recent rise in demand by middle class families for waged domestic labour and the consequent growth of a new `servant' class.

Author: Nicky Gregson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134885817

Category: Science

Page: 344

View: 465

Servicing the Middle Classes investigates the recent rise in demand by middle class families for waged domestic labour and the consequent growth of a new `servant' class. Examining the position of nannies and cleaners, the authors explore the national socio-economic trends which have led to this new phenomenon and the profound changes this reflects in our concepts of motherhood and class and gender relations.
Categories: Science

Contemporary British Society

Contemporary British Society

New to this edition are chapters on globalization, associations, and leisure. The emphasis throughout the book is on an accessible, user-friendly, and non-technical approach.

Author: Nicholas Abercrombie

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745622976

Category: Social Science

Page: 624

View: 968

The third edition of the highly-acclaimed Contemporary British Society is the only textbook to provide comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the social structure of modern Britain. Completely revised and updated, this new edition employs the very latest statistical information and empirical studies, and examines all the new arguments and debates concerning modern British society. Separate chapters explore the major areas of modern life in Britain - economic organization, employment, patterns of inequality, class, gender, ethnicity, family and households, education, health, media, deviance and politics. New to this edition are chapters on globalization, associations, and leisure. The emphasis throughout the book is on an accessible, user-friendly, and non-technical approach. It is written in a jargon-free and approachable style; there is extensive cross-referencing and frequent and clear summarizing of arguments; and numerous photographs, diagrams, graphs, drawings and cartoons complement and illuminate the text. Contemporary British Society is written for students of introductory sociology whether they are taking 'A' level or are in the first year of an undergraduate course in a higher education institution. It will also be useful for those taking courses in other subjects, such as social policy, health and town planning, which demand knowledge of particular aspects of British society. Please visit the accompanying website at: http://www.polity.co.uk/cbs3
Categories: Social Science

Class in Britain

Class in Britain

Social class differences and inequalities are alive and flourishing in contemporary Britain. In reviewing a wide range of sources, this book provides easy access to the empirical research on social class.

Author: Ivan Reid

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 074561891X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 460

Social class differences and inequalities are alive and flourishing in contemporary Britain. In reviewing a wide range of sources, this book provides easy access to the empirical research on social class. It illustrates how class differences reach into society, affecting not only life-styles but also life-chances - birth, health and death. Reid demonstrates how social class is related to most aspects of life in Britain including: differences in wealth and income, education and qualifications, work and leisure, expectation of life and experience of health, housing, sex and family relationships, political and religious beliefs and activity. It provides a comprehensive view of the nature of social class in Britain and discusses how the concept of class has been used in empirical research. In sum, it presents a very serious challenge to the hope or promise that Britain is moving towards a classless society. Dispassionate in its approach, clear in its presentation and comprehensive in its treatment, Class in Britain provides an indispensable guide and sourcebook for all those who need to know, or are interested in, the social structure of Britain today. It is written for a very wide-ranging audience including students, social scientists, teachers, politicians and administrators.
Categories: Social Science

A Companion to Contemporary Britain 1939 2000

A Companion to Contemporary Britain 1939   2000

A Companion to Contemporary Britain covers the key themes and debates of 20th-century history from the outbreak of the Second World War to the end of the century.

Author: Paul Addison

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405141406

Category: History

Page: 600

View: 980

A Companion to Contemporary Britain covers the key themesand debates of 20th-century history from the outbreak of the SecondWorld War to the end of the century. Assesses the impact of the Second World War Looks at Britain’s role in the wider world, including thelegacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘specialrelationship’ with the United States, and integration withcontinental Europe Explores cultural issues, such as class consciousness,immigration and race relations, changing gender roles, and theimpact of the mass media Covers domestic politics and the economy Introduces the varied perspectives dominating historicalwriting on this period Identifies the key issues which are likely to fuel futuredebate
Categories: History

Evading Class in Contemporary British Literature

Evading Class in Contemporary British Literature

John H. Goldthorpe and Michelle Jackson, “Intergenerational Class Mobility in Contemporary Britain: Political Concerns and Empirical Findings,” British ...

Author: L. Driscoll

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230622487

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

View: 773

This trenchant book argues that the cultural attempt to erase class during the period from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair has only generated its return as a troubling subterranean element in British literature and theory. Driscoll critiques the way postmodern theory idealizes contemporary British literature as a space of fluid, flexible decentered subjects, arguing that beneath this ideology are clear evasions of class. Offering critical readings of canonized middle-class authors from Martin Amis to Graham Swift, Driscoll makes the compelling argument that the contemporary British novel, assisted by "class blind? postmodern literary theory consistently works to control the problem of class.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Class and Contemporary British Culture

Class and Contemporary British Culture

History, Nationhood and the Question of Britain, Basingstoke: Palgrave:330–41. Lockyer, S. (2010) 'Dynamics of social class contempt in contemporary British ...

Author: A. Biressi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137314130

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

View: 977

How does culture articulate, frame, organise and produce stories about social class and class difference? What do these stories tell us about contemporary models of success, failure, struggle and aspiration? How have class-based labels been revived or newly-minted to categorise the insiders and outsiders of the new 'age of austerity'? Drawing on examples from the 1980s to the present day this book investigates the changing landscape of class and reveals how it has become populated by a host of classed figures including Essex Man and Essex Girl, the 'squeezed middle', the 'sharp-elbowed middle class', the 'feral underclass', the 'white working class', the 'undeserving poor', 'selfish baby boomers' and others. Overall, the book argues that social class, although complicated and highly contested, remains a valid and fruitful route into understanding how contemporary British culture articulates social distinction and social difference and the significant costs and investments at stake for all involved.
Categories: Social Science

The Contemporary British Society Reader

The Contemporary British Society Reader

Brings together some of the sociological writing on British society. This volume gives coverage to key topics in sociology, including globalization, class and inequality, gender, ethnicity, and the media.

Author: Nicholas Abercrombie

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

ISBN: 0745622631

Category: Social Science

Page: 351

View: 325

Brings together some of the sociological writing on British society. This volume gives coverage to key topics in sociology, including globalization, class and inequality, gender, ethnicity, and the media. It also provides students with an introduction to social science research methods, from ethnographies and interviews to observation and surveys.
Categories: Social Science

Culture Class Distinction

Culture  Class  Distinction

Drawing on a national study of the organisation of cultural practices in contemporary Britain, the authors review Bourdieu’s classic study of the relationships between culture and class in the light of subsequent debates.

Author: Tony Bennett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134101047

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 218

Choice Recommended Title, February 2010 Culture, Class, Distinction is major contribution to international debates regarding the role of cultural capital in relation to modern forms of inequality. Drawing on a national study of the organisation of cultural practices in contemporary Britain, the authors review Bourdieu’s classic study of the relationships between culture and class in the light of subsequent debates. In doing so they re-appraise the relationships between class, gender and ethnicity, music, film, television, literary, and arts consumption, the organisation of sporting and culinary practices, and practices of bodily and self maintenance. As the most comprehensive account to date of the varied interpretations of cultural capital that have been developed in the wake of Bourdieu’s work, Culture, Class, Distinction offers the first systematic assessment of the relationships between cultural practice and the social divisions of class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary Britain. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the relationships between culture and society.
Categories: Social Science