Home Articles Reader Opinion Editorial Book Reviews Discussion Writers Guide About TCRecord
transparent 13
Topics
Discussion
Announcements

Social Class: How does it work?


reviewed by Sylvia Martinez — January 16, 2009

coverTitle: Social Class: How does it work?
Author(s): Annette Lareau and Dalton Conley (Eds.)
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation, New York
ISBN: 0871545063, Pages: 388, Year: 2008
Search for book at Amazon.com

Sociologists appear to agree that social class matters in our everyday lives. It impacts our ability to obtain a quality education, a desirable occupation, adequate shelter, or medical care. There is much less consensus, however, on how social class should be conceptualized or exactly how class influences life outcomes or conditions. The contributors to Lareau and Conley’s edited volume successfully illustrate the challenges sociologists and other scholars of social class encounter when defining and measuring this concept, how the concept impacts our daily lives, and the directions the field should take if a more comprehensive analysis of class is to be achieved. The first part of the book is dedicated to understanding how class works and whether social classes exist. In chapter 1, using General Social Survey data, Hout convincingly shows us that Americans are quite aware of social class differences. In addition, Americans are quite willing and capable of identifying... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


To view the full-text for this article you must be signed-in with the appropropriate membership. Please review your options below:

Sign-in
Email:
Password:
Store a cookie on my computer that will allow me to skip this sign-in in the future.
Send me my password -- I can't remember it
 
Purchase this Article
Purchase Social Class: How does it work?
Individual-Resource passes allow you to purchase access to resources one resource at a time. There are no recurring fees.
$12
Become a Member
Online Access
With this membership you receive online access to all of TCRecord's content. The introductory rate of $25 is available for a limited time.
$25
Print and Online Access
With this membership you receive the print journal and free online access to all of TCRecord's content.
$210


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 16, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15488, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:16:40 AM

Purchase Reprint Rights for this article or review
Article Tools
Related Articles

Related Discussion
 
Post a Comment | Read All

About the Author
  • Sylvia Martinez
    Indiana University
    E-mail Author
    SYLVIA MARTINEZ is an Assistant professor at Indiana University in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as well as the Latino Studies Program. She is a sociologist interested in the educational experiences of Latino high school students, Latino families, and women’s work experiences. She teaches courses on the sociology of education, Latinas in the U.S., and the Latino family.
Member Center
In Print
This Month's Issue

Submit
EMAIL

Twitter

RSS