Class in Britain

by Ivan Reid

Class in Britain Synopsis

Social class differences and inequalities are alive and flourishing in contemporary Britain. In reviewing a wide range of sources, this book provides easy access to the empirical research on social class. It illustrates how class differences reach into society, affecting not only life--styles but also life--chances -- birth, health and death. Reid demonstrates how social class is related to most aspects of life in Britain including: differences in wealth and income, education and qualifications, work and leisure, expectation of life and experience of health, housing, sex and family relationships, political and religious beliefs and activity. It provides a comprehensive view of the nature of social class in Britain and discusses how the concept of class has been used in empirical research. In sum, it presents a very serious challenge to the hope or promise that Britain is moving towards a classless society. Dispassionate in its approach, clear in its presentation and comprehensive in its treatment, Class in Britain provides an indispensable guide and sourcebook for all those who need to know, or are interested in, the social structure of Britain today. It is written for a very wide--ranging audience including students, social scientists, teachers, politicians and administrators.

Class in Britain Press Reviews

Ivan Reid confirms his position as the most useful writer on the conventional empirical realities of class in Britain. This book is up to date and based on large--scale research figures. The presentation is straightforward but sophisticated. It will be eminently valuable not just to all social scientists but to practitioners and anyone interested in modern Britain. It is a considerable achievement to present what amounts to a catalogue of social class differences. Colin Bell, University of Edinburgh

Book Information

ISBN: 9780745618913
Publication date: 22nd October 1998
Author: Ivan Reid
Publisher: Polity Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Social classes,

About Ivan Reid

Ivan Reid is Schofield Professor of Education at Loughborough University.

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