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Social Inequalities in Contemporary Society, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Richard Tavernier
r.tavernier@leeds.ac.uk
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SEMESTER 1: WEEKLY TOPICS

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Week 2: Introduction to social science and social inequalities in contemporary society.

For understanding social divisions and inequalities in society:

 

· Best, S. (2005) Understanding social divisions. London, Sage. Chapter 1.

· Payne G. (ed.) (2000/2006) Social Divisions, Basingstoke, Macmillan. Chapter 1.

 

For an introduction to social science:

 

· O’Leary, Z. (2007) The social science jargon buster : the key terms you need to know, London: Sage (available electronically).

· Smith, M. (1998) Social science in question, London: Sage.

 

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Week 3: Gender: Theoretical Understandings

 

Core

 

· Best, S. (2005) Understanding social divisions, London: Sage, Chp 4

· Holmes, M. (2007) Is Gender something that we do?, ch. 3 in What is gender? : sociological aproaches. 4 hour loan/ VLE  

· Payne G. (ed.) (2000/2006) Social Divisions, Basingstoke, Macmillan, Chp. 3

 

 

Further reading

 

· Bradley, H. (2007) What’s in a Name?, ch. 1 in Gender, 4 hour loan

· Braham, P. & Janes, L. (eds) (2002) Social differences and divisions, Oxford: Blackwell. Chp. 3

· Giddens, A., (1997) Sociology (3rd edition or any), pp. 90-93

· Charles N., (2002) Gender in modern Britain, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 1- 20, 20-45. ‘Theorising Gender’

· Jane, P. & Whelehan, I. (2004). Fifty key concepts in gender studies, London: Sage

· Marsh, I. (2009) Sociology: Making Sense of Society

· Macionis, J. and Plummer, K. (various editions up to 4th edition) Sociology: a global introduction:

· Rahman, M. and Jackson, S. (2010) Gender and sexuality : sociological approaches

· Taylor.P. et al. [2000] Sociology in Focus. Causeway. Lancs. pp. 121-124

· Walby, S (1997) Gender transformations, London, Routledge

 

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Week 4: Foundations of class and inequality: Class, power, status

Core

 

· Saunders, P. (1994). Social Class and Stratification. London: Routledge. pp.5-25.

 

 

Further reading

 

· Taylor. P. et al (2000). Sociology in Focus. Causeway: Lancs. pp. 32-37.

· Braham, P. & Janes, L. (2002). Social differences and divisions. Oxford: Blackwell. Chapter. 2

· O’Leary, Z. (2007) The social science jargon buster : the key terms you need to know, London: Sage (available electronically).

· Payne, G. (2000). Social Divisions. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

 

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Week 6: Sexuality: the institutionalisation of ‘heterosexuality’



Core

 

· Best, S. (2005) Understanding social divisions, London: Sage, Chp 4

· Scott, S. and Jackson, S. (2006) 'Sexuality', in Payne, G. (ed) Social Divisions, Basingstoke, Macmillan

 

 

Further reading

 

 

· Alsop, Rachel, Fitzsimons, Annette, Lennon, Kathleen (2002) Theorizing gender : an introduction, Chp 5 ‘Gender and Sexuality’.

· Braham, P. & Janes, L. (eds) (2002) Social differences and divisions, Oxford: Blackwell. Chp. 3

· Fulcher, J. and Scott, J. (1999 or any edition) Sociology, pp. 179-85 (on sexuality)

· Haralambos, M. & Holborn, M. (1990) Sociology: Themes and Perspectives, London: HarperCollins, Chp 9

· Macionis, J. and Plummer, K. (2002 / 1998) Sociology: a global introduction: ch. 12 or 13 on Gender and Sexuality

· Marsh, I. (ed.) (2009) Sociology: Making Sense of Society (4th ed.), Essex: Pearson Education, Chp. 5

· Rahman, M. and Jackson, S. (2010) Gender and Sexuality. Sociological Approaches



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Week 7: Class in contemporary society: Categories, inequalities and crisis



Core

 

· Beynon, H. (1999). ‘A Classless Society?’ in H. Beynon and P. Glavanis (eds) Patterns of social inequality : essays for Richard Brown. London: Longman. Chapter 4.

· Crompton, R. (1998). Class and Stratification. Cambridge: Polity. Chapter 6.

 

 

Further reading

 

· Bottero, W. (2004). Class Identities and the Identity of Class’. Sociology. 38 (5) pp. 985–1003.

· Braham, P. & Janes, L. (2002). Social differences and divisions. Oxford: Blackwell. Chapter 2.

· O’Leary, Z. (2007) The social science jargon buster : the key terms you need to know, London: Sage (available electronically).

· Payne G. (2000 any edition). Social Divisions. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

· Taylor.P. et al (2000). Sociology in Focus. Causeway. Lancs. pp. 39 - 40 [Class Matters] pp. 61-64 [The Underclass]

 

 

Online resources

 

Marx, K. and F. Engels. 2002. The Communist Manifesto. London: Penguin [originally published 1888]. To get started, skip the prefaces and read Chapter 1 ‘Bourgeois and Proletarians’, and Chapter 2 ‘Proletarians and Communists’; then continue to read Chapters III and IV. Available at: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm



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Week 8: The sociology of health and illness—an agenda

 

Before the session please read one or more of the following:

 

· Doyal, L. & Pennell, I. (1979). The Political Economy of Health. London: Pluto Classics. Chapter 1. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

· Illich, I. (1976). Limits to Medicine. Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health. London: Penguin. Part One.

· Parsons, T. (1951). The Social System. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Chapter 10.

 

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Week 9: Explaining health inequalities

 

· Dorling, D. and Pritchard J, (2010). The Geography of Poverty, Inequality and Wealth in the UK and Abroad: Because Enough is Never Enough. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 3 81-106.

 

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Week 10: Health and health care in the early 21st Century

 

· Dorling D (2010). Injustice: why social inequality persists. Bristol: Policy Press.Scambler G (2007). Social Structure and the Production, Reproduction and Durability of Health Inequalities. Social theory and health., 5(4), 297-315.

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SEMESTER 2: WEEKLY TOPICS


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Week 1: Age, Childhood and Youth: Researching and Understanding Childhood or Childhoods?



Core

 

· James, A and Prout, A (eds) (1990). Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood: Contemporary Issues in the Sociological Study of Childhood, Falmer Press, London

· Punch, S (2002) Research with Children: The Same or Different from Research with Adults, Sage, London, Childhood., 9 (3): 321-341.

 

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· Stainton Rogers, W. (2001). What is a Child? In Woodhead, M. and Montgomery, H. (eds.) Understanding childhood : an interdisciplinary approach. Milton Keynes: Open University/ Wiley, pp 1-44. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

 

Further reading

 

· Goldson, B. (1997). ‘Childhood’: An Introduction to Historical and Theoretical Analyses. In Scraton, P (ed.) ‘Childhood’ in Crisis? London: Routledge, pp 1-27.

· James, A. and Prout, A (2004). Constructing childhood : theory, policy and social practice. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. Chapter 1.

· Jenks K (2004) Constructing Childhood Sociologically in Kehily M.J. (2004) An Introduction to Childhood Studies, Berkshire, McGraw Hill, Chap. 5

· Kehily M.J. (2004). An Introduction to Childhood Studies, Berkshire, McGraw Hill

· Mills, J and Mills, R (eds) (2000) Childhood studies : a reader in perspectives of childhood, Routledge: London.

· Moran-Ellis, J. (2010). Reflections on the Sociology of Childhood in the UK. Current sociology = La sociologie contemporaine.,58: 186-204

· Murray, J. (2011). Knock, Knock! Who’s There? Gaining Access to Young Children as Researchers: A Critical Review. Educate~, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2011, pp. 91-109

· Prout A. & James, A. (2002) ‘A New Paradigm for the Sociology of Childhood? Provenance, Promise and Problems’ in James, A. & Prout, A. (2002) Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood, Oxon, Routledge Farmer

· Thorne, B (2002) From Silence to Voice: Bringing Children More Fully Into Knowledge, Sage: London, Childhood. 9(3): 251-254

 

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Week 2: Gender and Sexuality: Children, Young People and Cultural Stereotyping



General Core on Gender

 

· Best, S. (2005) Understanding social divisions, London: Sage, Chp 4

· Holmes, M. (2007) Is Gender something that we do?, ch. 3 in What is gender? : sociological aproaches. 4 hour loan/ VLE  

· Payne G. (ed.) (2000/2006) Social Divisions, Basingstoke, Macmillan, Chp. 3

 

Specific Core on Gender, Youth and Stereotyping

 

· Bailey, R. (2010). Letting Children be Children, Education Department, available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letting-children-be-children-report-of-an-independent-review-of-the-commercialisation-and-sexualisation-of-childhood

· Barker, M. and Duschinsky, R. (2012). Sexualisation’s four faces: sexualisation and gender stereotyping in the Bailey Review. Gender and education., 24(3) pp. 303–310.

 

Further reading

 

· Bradley, H. (2007) What’s in a Name?, ch. 1 in Gender, 4 hour loan

· Braham, P. & Janes, L. (eds) (2002) Social differences and divisions, Oxford: Blackwell. Chp. 3

· Giddens, A., (1997) Sociology (3rd edition or any), pp. 90-93

· Charles N., (2002) Gender in modern Britain, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 1- 20, 20-45. ‘Theorising Gender’,

· Fine, C. (2010). Delusions of gender : the real science behind sex differences, London: Icon. Particularly chapters: 11, 18, 20.

· Jane, P. & Whelehan, I. (2004). Fifty key concepts in gender studies, London: Sage

· Marsh, I. (2009) Sociology: Making Sense of Society

· Macionis, J. and Plummer, K. (various editions up to 4th edition) Sociology: a global introduction:

· Rahman, M. and Jackson, S. (2010) Gender and sexuality : sociological approaches

· Taylor.P. et al. [2000] Sociology in focus. Causeway.

 

 Other good sources of information which you can google to find are:

 

· A video of Bailey summarising his review via gov.uk

· Telegraph and guardian website

· Onscenity Network for a collection of bog posts on sexualisation

 

 

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Week 3: Youth Sexuality: the case of sex and relationship education (SRE)

 

Core

 

· Elley, S. (2013). Understanding sex and relationship education, youth and class : a youth work-led approach, (Basingstoke: Palgrave):

· Chapter 3: An International Comparison of Adolescent Sexuality and SRE Policies

· Chapter 8: SRE, Heterosexual Identities and Educational Expectations

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· Chapter 9: Young People’s Gendered and Classed Heterosexual Identities and Practices

 

Further reading

 

· Allen, L. (2008) ‘They Think You Shouldn’t be having Sex Anyway’: Young People’s Suggestions for Improving Sexuality Education, Sexualities. 11(5): 573-594.

· Hird, M.J. and Jackson, S. (2001) ‘Where ‘Angel’s’ and ‘Wusses’ Fear to Tread: Sexual Coercion in Adolescent Dating Relationships’, Journal of sociology. 37 (1): 27-43.

· Holland, J. Ramazanoglu, C. Sharpe, S. and Thomson, R. (1998) The male in the head : young people, heterosexuality and power. London: Tufnell Press.

· Jackson, S. (2003) Heterosexuality, Heteronormativity and Gender Hierarchy: Some Reflections on Recent Debates. London: Routledge. in Sexualities and society : a reader

· Measor, L, Tiffin, C, and Miller, K. (2000) Young people's views on sex education : education, attitudes and behaviour. London: Routledge Falmer.

· Ray, C. (1997) ‘Ensuring Children and Young People’s Entitlement to Quality Sex Education’. National Children’s Sex Education Forum Bureau. Nov. (15).  

· Skeggs, B. (1997) Formations of class and gender : becoming respectable. London: Sage.

· Social Exclusion Unit. (1999) Teenage pregnancy.. CM.4342.

· Thomson, R. (2000) ‘Dream On: The Logic of Sexual Practice’, Journal of Youth Studies 3 (4): 407-27.

 

 

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Week 5: Race and Ethnicity: Concepts of Race and Ethnicity and a History of Migration

 

 

Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, The empire strikes back : race and racism in 70s Britain, Routledge, London.

Gilroy, P. (1987), There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack, Hutchinson, London

Hiro, D. (1991), Black British, White British, Grafton, London.

Husband, C (1982), Race in Britain: Continuity and Change, Hutchinson, Essex.

Mason, D. (2000), Race and Ethnicity in Modern Britain, Oxford, Oxford.

Ratcliffe, P. (2004), Race, ethnicity and difference : imagining the inclusive society, Open University, London.

Sage, London.

Solomos, J. (1989), Race and Racism in Contemporary Britain, Macmillan, London.

 *Bulmer, M., and Solomos, J (1999) Racism, Oxford: Oxford University Press;

*Solomos, J. (2003) Race and Racism in Britain Basingstoke: Palgrave Mcmillan

Mile,R (1993) Racism after "race relations". Routledge. Britain

 

 

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Week 6: Race and Ethnicity: Ethnicity, Inequality and Disadvantage

 

Bloch.A, Solomos.J (2010) Race and ethnicity in the 21st century Hampshire. Palgrave Macmillan

Best,S. (2005) Understanding social divisions. London. Sage Publications.Chp 3, pp 148-164

Payne G. (ed.) (2000) Social Divisions, Basingstoke, Macmillan, Chp. 4

Giddens, A., (1997) Sociology, 3rd ed. pp. 210-212 and 227 – 234

Mason, D., (2000) Race and Ethnicity in Modern Britain (EB Soc G-1 Mas)

Mason, D., (2003) ‘Changing Ethnic Disadvantage’ pp. 9-20 in Mason D., (ed.) Explaining Ethnic Differences, Bristol, Polity Press

Miles R., (1989) Racism and Class Structure in McDowell, L., Sarre, P. & Hamnet, C. (eds) Divided Nation, Milton Keynes, Open University Press

Saranga, E., (ed.) (1998) Embodying the social : constructions of difference, London, Routledge, Chapter 3 – The Social Construction of Race

Taylor.P. et al  [2000] Sociology in Focus. Causeway.  Lancs  Chpt.3. pp. 66 -70.  pp. 84 - 89

 

 

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Week 7: Race and Ethnicity: `Whiteness` as a Social Divider

 

Best, S. (2005) Understanding social divisions, London: Sage Publications.Chp 3, pp 178-183

McIntosh, P (1988) White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondees Through Work In Women’s Studies. pp1-9 http://www.lamission.edu/sociology/mekelburg/soc2%5cwhite_privilege_handout.pdf

Sveinsson, K. (ed) (2009) Who Cares about the White Working Class? Runnymede Perspectives Series, London: Runnymede Trust. Chp 8, pp59-65

http://www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/publications/pdfs/WhoCaresAboutTheWhiteWorkingClass-2009.pdf

Dyer,R. (1997) White. London, Routledge. Chp 1

Puwar,N. (2004) Space invaders : race, gender and bodies out of place . Oxford, Berg. Chp 1.

Hill,M. (1997) Whiteness : a critical reader. New York, New York University Press

 

 

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Week 8: Disability: a historical perspective

 

 

BARNES, C. (1997): 'A Legacy of Oppression: a history of disability in western culture'. In L. BARTON and M. OLIVER (eds.) Disability Studies: Past, Present and Future, Leeds, The Disability Press, 3-25 (Also available at: http://www.disability-archive.leeds.ac.uk/).

BARNES, C. and Mercer, G.., (2010) Exploring Disability, Cambridge, Polity Chapters, 2 & 3,

DAVIS, L. (1995). Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body. London Verso, Chapters &3

SHAH, S & PRIESTLEY, M (2011). Disability and social change: Private Lives and public policies. Bristol: Policy.

THOMPSON, R G . (1997) Extraordinary Bodies: . New York: Columbia Press. Chapter 3

 

 

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Week 9: Disability: the medical and social models of disability

 

 

Barnes, C., (1991) Disabled people in Britain and discrimination : a case for anti-discrimination legislation, London, British Council of Disabled People

Barnes, C. & Mercer, G. T (2010) Exploring Disability, Cambridge, Polity Chapters, 2,3,4 and 5.

Barton, L., (1996) Disability and Society, Harlow, Longman, Chapter 3 – Theories of Disability

Giddens, A., (2009) Sociology, Cambridge, Polity. Chapter 10 Health, Illness and Disability especially pages 415-424

Saranga, E., (ed.) (1998) Embodying the social : constructions of difference, London, Routledge, Chapter 2 – Disability

 

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