Social Stratification and Inequality: Class Conflict in Historical, Global and Comparative Perspective

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This revised edition aims to provide a comprehensive exploration of the economic and social divisions in human societies. The book takes a global perspective and includes detailed information on stratification around the world, addressing the ways in which governments, corporations and workers cope with milestone changes such as greater European unification and an increased US economic presence. Extensive comparative information, as well as an overview of how, historically, social statification has changed and evolved, gives readers a global perspective on class conflict.

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Includes current coverage of global issues and conditions and how they affect different people in the U.S. and around the world.
The leading text in social stratification, this edition continues to offer a thorough discussion of the structure of social inequality in a range of industrial societies.
The fifth edition retains a unique balance of coverage'while the United States remains the central focus, Kerbo continues to offer a comparative examination of global stratification, addressing how and why social stratification in the U.S is different.
The book continues to follow a general conflict perspective in an effort to model the controversy and underlying conflict raised by discussions about social inequality.
Presents latest data from the 2000 census; updated material throughout on the latest inequality statistics in the U.S.
Separate chapters on gender inequalities (written by a global gender specialist) and on race and ethnicity
Chapter on global stratification: focus on non-core nations such as Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, The Middle East, South Asia and East and Southeast Asia.
Revised Part Five features new and expanded coverage of terrorism and political violence.

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Harold R. Kerbo is a professor of sociology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Professor Kerbo is also the founder and Director of the Pacific Rim Group at Cal Poly, an organization which coordinates research and educational programs in Pacific Rim countries. In addition to other teaching experience in Tokyo, Professor Kerbo was a Fulbright Professor during 1988/1989 at Hiroshima University, as well as a visiting professor in the Law Faculty at Hiroshima Shudo University. During 1991, Professor Kerbo was a visiting professor at the University of Duisburg, Germany, and returned to the Dusseldorf area during 1992 and 1993 as a research professor conducting research on employee relations in Japanese corporations located in Germany. In 1990 Professor Kerbo received a Fulbright-Hays grant to study at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and for several months during 1994 to 1996 directed a research project on employee relations in American and Japanese corporations with operations in Thailand. During 1996 he was also a visiting professor in the MBA Program at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. During the winter term of 1999 professor Kerbo was a visiting professor at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. And during the fall term of 1999 he will be a visiting professor at the University of Wales. Professor Kerbo has published five books and numerous articles on the subjects of social stratification, comparative societies, corporate structure, and modern Japan. He is the author of Sociology: Social Structure and Social Conflict (MacMillan, 1989), and along with John A. McKinstry, the author of Who Rules Japan?: The Inner-Circles of Economic and Political Power (Greenwood/Praeger, 1995). Professor Kerbo is creator and general editor of the McGraw-Hill Comparative Societies Series which will include books on 12 countries.

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