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Social Advantage and Disadvantage

Edited by Hartley Dean and Lucinda Platt

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780198737070
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191800597 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737070.001.0001
Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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Social advantage and disadvantage are potent catch-all terms. They have no established definition but, considered in relation to one another, they can embrace a wide variety of more specific concepts that address the ways in which human society causes, exacerbates, or fails to prevent social divisions or injustices. This book captures the sense in which any conceptualization of disadvantage is concerned with the consequences of processes by which relative advantage has been selectively conferred or attained. It considers how inequalities and social divisions are created as much by the concentration of advantage among the best off as by the systematic disadvantage of the worst off. The book critically discusses—from a global and a UK perspective—a spectrum of conceptual frameworks and ideas relating to poverty, social exclusion, capability deprivation, rights violations, social immobility, and human or social capital deficiency. It addresses advantage and disadvantage from a life course perspective through discussions of family and childhood, education, work, old age, and the dynamics of income and wealth. It considers cross-cutting divides that are implicated in the social construction and maintenance of advantage and disadvantage, including divisions premised on gender, ‘race’, ethnicity, migration and religion, neighbourhood and the experience of crime.

Keywords: social advantage; social disadvantage; inequalities; social divisions; life course

Book.  400 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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Poverty and Social Exclusion in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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The Capability Approach to Advantage and Disadvantage in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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The Human Rights and Equalities Agenda in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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Class, Capitals, and Social Mobility in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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The Family and Disadvantage in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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Education and Learning in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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The Income Distribution in the UK in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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Accumulated Advantage and Disadvantage in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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Divisions of Labour and Work in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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Ageing and Disadvantage in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

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