Occupy the Future

The Occupy Wall Street movement has generated new questions about the relationship between democracy and equality in the United States. Are we entering a moment in history in which the disjuncture between our principles and our institutions is cast into especially sharp relief? Does the rise of extreme inequality offer new threats to our most cherished principles? Can we build an open, democratic, and successful movement to realize our ideals? The purpose of Occupy the Future is to provide informed but opinionated essays that address these and related questions.

The Great Recession

"This is the first systematic, scholarly analysis of the initial effects of the Great Recession. The authors document who lost their jobs, their homes, their financial assets; how the Federal stimulus bill enhanced the safety net; and how individuals, families, and institutions responded. Taken together, the chapters present a gloomy forecast. Job losses have been greater and the recovery slower than in other recessions, and the 'deficit mania' that prevents new Federal stimulus and encourages state and local government layoffs mean that unemployment and poverty will remain high."
SHELDON DANZIGER, H.J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan

See www.recessiontrends.org for new data and commentary on the Great Recession.

The Inequality Reader (2nd edition)

"Twenty-first century America is characterized by growing inequality, which affects our entire society. This collection of readings documents, explains, and debates the causes and consequences of inequalities in race, class, and gender. Grusky and Szelényi have chosen a rich mix of theoretical and empirical analyses of the most important issues of our time. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about American society and democracy."
MARY C. WATERS, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

The Inequality Puzzle

"So anybody who says that inequality isn’t a big issue for the effective functioning of society is simply ignorant of the record of humanity. It’s a huge issue."
FRED SMITH, Chairman, President, and CEO, FedEx

What do business, political, and labor leaders think about rising income inequality? In thirteen candid interviews with some of the most powerful elites in the world, we learn about the elite perspective on such topics as rising CEO compensation, the extent to which the financial crisis and the recession are changing views about the legitimacy of extreme inequality, and new and innovative ways to move forward if we really cared about reducing inequality.

The New Gilded Age

"The New Gilded Age features insightful and timely debates between leading philosophers, economists, political scientists, and sociologists on the sources and future of inequality in the United States. This well written and accessible volume is a must-read not only for scholars, but for educated laymen and policymakers as well."
WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

Occupational Ghettos
Winner of the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship

"This book addresses a fundamental paradox for gender and work: Women are increasingly present in high-status occupations, but the decline in sex segregation has stalled. In a provocative thesis, Maria Charles and David Grusky identify two dimensions of segregation: a hierarchical dimension that has weakened with the spread of egalitarianism, and a horizontal dimension that an essentialist view of the sexes has preserved. In developing and painstakingly testing a new theoretical model, Occupational Ghettos is reminiscent of Blau and Duncan’s pathbreaking book on the American occupational structure. No one interested in gender in contemporary societies can dare to ignore it."
BARBARA RESKIN, University of Washington

Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, 3rd Edition (Reprinted by Renmin University of China Press, translated by Xia Jianzhong)

"This text reflects a clear vision of the scientific and intellectual history of the field, but it will also shape research and scholarship for years to come. For researchers, teachers, and students, Social Stratification will be an indispensible resource."
ROBERT M. HAUSER, Vilas Research Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Executive Director, National Research Council Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

The Declining Significance of Gender?

"This book addresses long-run trends in women's work and family life, exploring the evidence behind key theories about why women's jobs have improved and why there are still large gaps in many areas. A major appeal is its multidisciplinary aprpoach, including economic, political, and organizational perspectives on gender and work. A book that anyone interested in research on women in the labor market will want to read."
REBECCA M. BLANK, Henry Carter Adams Professor of Policy and Economics and Dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan; Acting Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce

The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender

"This is a beautifully-designed resource for teachers and students. With superb selections and a state-of-the-art grasp of the issues, Grusky and Szelényi show us not only the contemporary depth and breadth of injustice, exclusion, and unfreedom, but also the links between inequality’s past and present forms. Highly recommended!"
HOWARD WINANT, Professor of Sociology, University of California – Santa Barbara

Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research from Sociology and Economics

"This volume is the best source for any scholar seeking a one-volume treatment of current issues and findings on mobility and inequality."
GEORGE FARKAS, Professor, Department of Education, Universeity of California – Irvine

Poverty and Inequality

"This impressive collection of essays brings together well-known economists, sociologists, and philosophers to discuss the pressing problems of inequality and poverty. Kanbur and Grusky recognize that these timely and difficult issues can only be dealt with by marshalling the intellectual power of our best minds, looking at poverty through the lens of multiple disciplines."
JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

Social Differentiation and Social Inequality

"The field of social stratification is being transformed and reshaped by advances in theory and method as well as by new approaches to the analysis of macroeconomic, institutional, demographic, and ascriptive sources of inequality. In this tribute to John C. Pock, the editors have brought together established and emerging stars in the field. The result is an important new statement on contemporary developments and controversies in stratification scholarship. The chapters address such matters as recent trends in gender attitudes and the gender gap in earnings, race and class differentials in life chances and income, cross-national and institutional variability in employment systems and inequality, the division of domestic labor within households, and the implications of demographic change for social inequality."

Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, 2nd Edition. Reprinted by Hua Xia Publishing House

"While maintaining the depth and breadth of its predecessor, the second edition of Social Stratification strengthens its coverage of new theoretical and empirical work."
ROBERT M. HAUSER, Vilas Research Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Executive Director, National Research Council Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Inequality: Classic Readings in Race, Class, and Gender

"Provides a magisterial introduction to the field. Students who read and absorb the insights from these classics will be well-prepared to understand and address the vexing issues of social stratification in the 21st century. An indispensible resource for students of inequality everywhere."
DOUGLAS S. MASSEY, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective

"A very important collection of the most significant contributions to this core area of sociology, including excellent coverage of the most recent work in the field. The anthology will surely become the standard classroom text and an invaluable reference."
AAGE B. SØRENSEN, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University