Social Stratification and Inequality 8th Edition

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About the Author

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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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 8 edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007811165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078111655
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Benscoter on November 16, 2000
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READ THIS BOOK!! You need to truly understand the class system in America and the means used to sustain it. This book is a fantastic survey of the class system in American society. It also includes analyses of world stratification systems and various theories surrounding these systems. Previous reviews of this book have had a narrow focus, rather than making judgement on a wholistic basis. A must-read to be sure!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Risa VINE VOICE on April 29, 2010
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I had to purchase this book for class and it's become one of my favorite textbooks thus far. Kerbo is clearly biased, however he does present different and conflicting theories, and criticisms of said theories, to every issue explored in the book - and there's a LOT packed in. I think he did a very good job of attempting to tackle so much and focus on areas with the most study done on them. He also makes it clear that more research needs to be done as we are far from finding all the answers.

As for readability, there are a few chapters that are extremely dry - lots of numeral figures to illustrate his points. However, the entire book is extremely eye-opening and there are many useful graphs and charts to help present the data.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TimothyArcher on January 18, 2014
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For all of those people interested in income and wealth inequality, this is a great source for facts and research to back up your arguments. When I visited the Occupy Houston protests a few years ago, for example, I found that this was the type of stuff everyone was talking about, yet few people had actual research to support their arguments. I highly recommend this book. I read it for a graduate-level sociology seminar. It gathers a great deal of important research on the topic of inequality and presents it in a very well-organized manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sam on February 16, 2014
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The look at world history and the ramifications it has on the future or at least the possibility of redundancy is very useful in plotting a course individually and for diffusion among the populace. you get kinda of a feel that the author has been traumatized by what he has seen but yet fades back to reality enough to keep it real as long as you the reader can stay objective. All in all for the objective sociologist a very good and modern perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Sturdavant on July 18, 2013
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I had to read this book for college and like others I did find it difficult to read. The author definitely does not dumb anything down for the readers. I appreciated just about everything that was in this book it opens up an entire understanding of how the United States and corporations run the world. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By aphazel on December 10, 2005
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Kerbo provides brilliant insight into economic and global stratification, along with detailed discussions of classic and modern theories. This is one of the best books on the topic and I have found it quite useful in a variety of academic situations. Some people that are critical of Kerbo's short sections on race and class should be reminded of the interconnectedness of social and economic problems. Inequality between both sex and race cannot be seperated from the consequences of capitalism.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JohnB on September 20, 2013
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This book gives in great detail the theories surrounding the inequalities within the world. Some of the therories are quite interesting and others are pretty spot on within the relm of our world today.
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By Esther S. Powell on July 21, 2014
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Very good.
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