About the Book

The Inequality Reader

The Inequality Reader

Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender
2nd Edition
March 2011
Trade Paperback · 784 Pages
$67.00 U.S. · $77.50 CAN · £44.99 U.K. · €47.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813344843
Westview Press


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Oriented toward the introductory student, The Inequality Reader is the essential textbook for today’s undergraduate courses. The editors, David B. Grusky and Szonja Szelényi, have assembled the most important classic and contemporary readings about how poverty and inequality are generated and how they might be reduced. With thirty new readings, the second edition provides new materials on anti-poverty policies as well as new qualitative readings that make the scholarship more alive, more accessible, and more relevant. Now more than ever, The Inequality Reader is the one-stop compendium of all the must-read pieces, simply the best available introduction to the stratifi cation canon.

About the Authors

David B. Grusky is professor of sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. His books include Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective; Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research in Sociology and Economics; and Poverty and Inequality.

Szonja Szelényi has taught at Stanford University, The University of Wisconsin, and Cornell University. She is the author of Equality by Design.