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Does Class Matter?

By Tan Ern Ser
  • ISBN Code: : 981448279X
  • Publisher : World Scientific
  • Pages : 140
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' This book provides a comprehensive portrait of class structure, dynamics, and orientations in Singapore — understood as a new nation, a capitalist and emerging knowledge economy, a largely middle-class society, and a polity with a strong state — at the turn of the new millennium. It introduces a wide array of recent data on a broad range of topics relating to social stratification in Singapore: class structure, political participation, political alienation, national pride, welfarism, success values, unionism, social mobility, the digital divide, and the sandwich generation. To capture the lived experiences of people from different social classes, thereby complementing the numerous tables presented, the book also profiles six case studies of individuals or families, highlighting the challenges they face and the options they possess. Contents: Singapore: Market Economy and Meritocratic, Middle-Class Society?Methodology: Questionnaire, Sampling, and FieldworkSingapore Class StructureSocial Orientations by Class, Age, and EthnicityWork Career and Social MobilityProblem Areas: Digital Divide and Sandwich Generation1-to-2 Roomers, 3-Roomers, and Citizen Population ComparedConclusion: Does Class Matter in Singapore? Readership: Undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and professionals in sociology, social issues and political science. Keywords:Singapore;Social Class;Social Stratification;Social Mobility;Class Structure;Class Orientations;Digital Divide;Sandwich Generation;Political Orientations;Success Values;WelfarismReviews:“… Tan's report should … interest those fishing for an inside and contemporary sociological scoop on the country. (His) findings also constitute important society-level input to globalization watchers … The most interesting aspect of the book … is the six case studies provided in Appendix I.”Asia Times Online “This volume is highly readable and is certainly filled with interesting viewpoints about the ‘class society’ that Singaporeans may be surprised to learn that they should consider seriously. In the book, a quick introduction is provided on the conceptualization of class and its relevance to societies like Singapore's … the author poses the intriguing question of the challenges faced by the nation-building project that is superimposed upon a capitalist economy.”Asian Journal of Social Science '

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Contents:Globalization, Liberalization, Growth and Income Inequality:Growth and Inequality in ChinaGrowth and Inequality in Hong KongGrowth and Inequality in the United StatesGrowth and Inequality in IndiaGrowth and Inequality in GermanyGrowth and Inequality in KoreaGrowth and Inequality in the UKGrowth and Inequality in IndonesiaGrowth and Inequality in ThailandGrowth and Inequality in SingaporeGrowth and Inequality in JapanFactor and Policy Analysis on Income Inequality:Informal Employment and Income DisparityEducational Disparity and Income DisparityHousing Inequality and Underlying Factors in Urban ChinaAgriculture Profitability and Income DisparityLabor Migration and Income InequalityIncome Inequality, Labor Migration and the Lewis Tuning PointTrade-offs and Complementarities Between Growth and Inequality in OECD Countries Readership: Researchers, students, government officers and general readers interested in income distribution studies. Keywords:Income Distribution;Globalization and Liberation;Unequal Distribution;Income Disparity;Emerging EconomiesKey Features:Income disparity is a hot topic in the 21st century. This book reflects the latest developments of economic growth and income disparity with case studies of 11 countries. It reveals how serious is the inequality, where inequality comes from and how to deal with these issuesThe book contains basic theories and analysis and methodologies for the subject of income distribution which helps readers to have a better understanding about growth and inequality and learn how to analyze the issuesThe empirical researchers conducted in the book are based on original household surveys and the latest public data. It displays a real picture of the countries with reliable dataThe authors are leading experts of the field and are from countries like China, India, Korea, Japan, the UK, the USA and Germany. They elaborate on the economic growth and income disparity in depth. Meanwhile, the emerging economies like China and India are main targets in the bookReviews: “Is rapid economic growth compatible with acceptably low income inequality? Is inequality good or bad for growth? Is growth good or bad for inequality? This book presents eleven country studies and several chapters on specific relationships between growth and inequality. It therefore provides a wealth of information that will help to answer these questions of great and growing importance in today's world.“ Professor John Knight The University of Oxford “China's economic growth and structural change in the reform era and its acceleration in the early twenty first century are reshaping the global economy. Perceptions of whether the fruits of growth have been distributed equitably will determine whether growth retains its priority. This interesting and important book sheds new light on these big questions. Some of the new insights are surprising.“ Professor Ross Garnaut Vice-Chancellor's Fellow “This book shows that income disparity is a result of economic and social development and that increasing inequality may lead to social and political instability. This, in turn, is likely to affect the economic development process. This is particularly the case in China where increasing income disparity is pushing the country to the tipping point that may affect China's modernization process.“ Professor Li Shi Beijing Normal University “This book provides a useful assessment of growth and inequality in a rapidly changing world. Several chapters focus on the growing concerns with rising inequality, the cause and effect of such inequality, and its relation to overall growth and poverty reduction. This book will assist the international development community in understanding inequality in today's world as well as providing a useful pedagogical tool for policy makers and other researchers.“ Shaohua Chen Senior Statistician The Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank

Austerity and Protest

By Marco Giugni,Maria T. Grasso
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317177347
  • Total of Pages : 226
  • Category : Political Science
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What is the relationship between economic crises and protest behaviour? Does the experience of austerity, or economic hardship more broadly defined, create a greater potential for protest? With protest movements and events such as the Indignados and the Occupy Movement receiving a great deal of attention in the media and in the popular imaginary in recent times, this path-breaking book offers a rigorously-researched, evidence-based set of chapters on the relationship between austerity and protest. In so doing, it provides a thorough overview of different theories, mechanisms, patterns and trends which will contextualize more recent developments, and provide a pivotal point of reference on the relationship between these two variables. More specifically, this book will speak to three crucial, long-standing debates in scholarship in political sociology, social movement studies, and related fields: The effects of economic hardship on protest and social movements. The role of grievances and opportunities in social movement theory. The distinction between 'old' and 'new' movements. The chapters in this book engage with these three key debates and challenge commonly held views of political sociologists and social movement scholars on all three counts, thus allowing us to advance study in the field.

The Life and Work of Dennis Potter

By W. Stephen Gilbert
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  • Publisher : ABRAMS
  • Book Code : 1468305611
  • Total of Pages : 382
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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The first critical biography of the innovative television writer whose off-kilter creations helped spark the Golden Age of modern television. TV writer Dennis Potter is widely credited with revolutionizing television. The innovative shows he created for the BBC, including The Singing Detective and Pennies from Heaven, trailblazed new paths for genre-bending entertainment and demonstrated the creative possibilities of episodic television. Potter also adapted both of those shows into critically acclaimed major motion pictures: Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin, and The Singing Detective starring Robert Downey Jr. In The Life and Work of Dennis Potter, W. Stephen Gilbert analyzes Potter’s impressive body of work, emphasizing the dramatic interplay between his life and the medium he loved. At the age of twenty-four, Potter was diagnosed with psoriatic arthopathy, a rare debilitating skin disease whose horrors he portrayed with biting black humor through his alter ego, the character Michael Gambon in The Singing Detective. Gilber traces Potter’s career from its beginnings to his astonishing final interview to Melvyn Bragg, weeks before his death. Unforgettable for its honesty about life, work, and dying, the result was yet another gripping piece of television—and quintessential Dennis Potter. “[T]he late dramatist’s influence can be seen in many places, from Twin Peaks to Mrs. Brown’s Boys.” —The Guardian “Gilbert recalls the lacerating wit, passionate intelligence, and courage behind the television playwright responsible for The Singing Detective and Pennies from Heaven.” —Vanity Fair

Workplace relations in Colonial Bengal

By Anna Sailer
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350233544
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : History
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This book connects the history of labour movements with the transformation of workplace relations in South Asia from the late 19th century to the 1930s. Contending that labour conflicts in the Bengal jute industry must be understood against the backdrop of a radical change in the organisation of work in this period, Sailer shows how this led to a rupture in worker's relations in the workplace and beyond. Moving away from polarities such as class/culture or modernity/tradition and reconsidering the context around industrial conflicts in this period, Workplace relations in Colonial Bengal offers a new framework to analyse the changing organisation of work in colonial India, and identifies the implications for worker relations both inside and outside the factory. Focusing on a major colonial era industry, this book opens up new perspectives n the history of workers and colonial capitalism in modern India.

Reshaping Gender and Class in Rural Spaces

By Belinda Leach
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317065441
  • Total of Pages : 266
  • Category : Social Science
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Leach and Pini bring together empirical and theoretical studies that consider the intersections of class, gender and rurality. Each chapter engages with current debates on these concepts to explore them in the context of contemporary social and economic transformations in which global processes that reconstitute gender and class interconnect with and take shape in a particular form of locality - the rural. The book is innovative in that it: - responds to calls for more critical work on the rural 'other' - contributes to scholarship on gender and rurality, but does so through the lens of class. This book places the question of gender, rurality and difference at its centre through its focus on class - addresses the urban bias of much class scholarship as well as the lack of gender analysis in much rural and class academic work - focuses on the ways that class mediates the construction and practices of rural men/masculinities and rural women/femininities - challenges prevalent (and divergent) assumptions with chapters utilising contemporary theorisations of class With the empirical strongly grounded in theory, this book will appeal to scholars working in the fields of gender, rurality, identity, and class studies.

White-Collar Government

By Nicholas Carnes
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 022608728X
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Political Science
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Eight of the last twelve presidents were millionaires when they took office. Millionaires have a majority on the Supreme Court, and they also make up majorities in Congress, where a background in business or law is the norm and the average member has spent less than two percent of his or her adult life in a working-class job. Why is it that most politicians in America are so much better off than the people who elect them— and does the social class divide between citizens and their representatives matter? With White-Collar Government, Nicholas Carnes answers this question with a resounding—and disturbing—yes. Legislators’ socioeconomic backgrounds, he shows, have a profound impact on both how they view the issues and the choices they make in office. Scant representation from among the working class almost guarantees that the policymaking process will be skewed toward outcomes that favor the upper class. It matters that the wealthiest Americans set the tax rates for the wealthy, that white-collar professionals choose the minimum wage for blue-collar workers, and that people who have always had health insurance decide whether or not to help those without. And while there is no one cause for this crisis of representation, Carnes shows that the problem does not stem from a lack of qualified candidates from among the working class. The solution, he argues, must involve a variety of changes, from the equalization of campaign funding to a shift in the types of candidates the parties support. If we want a government for the people, we have to start working toward a government that is truly by the people. White-Collar Government challenges long-held notions about the causes of political inequality in the United States and speaks to enduring questions about representation and political accountability.

Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital

By Vivek Chibber
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  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Book Code : 1781682550
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Political Science
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Postcolonial theory has become enormously influential as a framework for understanding the Global South. It is also a school of thought popular because of its rejection of the supposedly universalizing categories of the Enlightenment. In this devastating critique, mounted on behalf of the radical Enlightenment tradition, Vivek Chibber offers the most comprehensive response yet to postcolonial theory. Focusing on the hugely popular Subaltern Studies project, Chibber shows that its foundational arguments are based on a series of analytical and historical misapprehensions. He demonstrates that it is possible to affirm a universalizing theory without succumbing to Eurocentrism or reductionism. Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital promises to be a historical milestone in contemporary social theory.

The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe

By Abby Peterson,Herbert Reiter
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317017358
  • Total of Pages : 286
  • Category : Social Science
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Eric Hobsbawm claimed that the international May Day, which dates back to a proclamation in 1889 by the Second International, 'is perhaps the most ambitious of labour rituals'. The first international May Day demonstrations in 1890 were widely celebrated across Europe and became the one day each year when organized labour could present its goals to the public, an eight-hour workday being the first concrete demand, shortly followed by those for improved working conditions, universal suffrage, peace among nations, and international solidarity. The May Day ritual celebration was the self-assertion and self-definition of the new labour class through class organization. Thus, it was trade unions and social democratic and socialist parties throughout Europe which took the initiative and have sustained May Day as a labour ritual to this day. Part I of this theoretically-informed volume explores how May Day demonstrations have evolved and taken different trajectories in different political contexts. Part II focuses on May Day rituals today. By comparing demonstration level data of over 2000 questionnaires from six countries, including Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, the reader is able to gain a thorough understanding of how participants are bestowing meaning on May Day rituals. By concluding with reflections on the future of the May Day ritual in Western Europe, this ground-breaking book provides a detailed analysis of its evolution as a protest event.

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment

By Stephen Edgell,Heidi Gottfried,Edward Granter
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  • Publisher : SAGE
  • Book Code : 1473943272
  • Total of Pages : 728
  • Category : Social Science
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The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment is a landmark collection of original contributions by leading specialists from around the world. The coverage is both comprehensive and comparative (in terms of time and space) and each ‘state of the art’ chapter provides a critical review of the literature combined with some thoughts on the direction of research. This authoritative text is structured around six core themes: Historical Context and Social Divisions The Experience of Work The Organization of Work Nonstandard Work and Employment Work and Life beyond Employment Globalization and the Future of Work. Globally, the contours of work and employment are changing dramatically. This handbook helps academics and practitioners make sense of the impact of these changes on individuals, groups, organizations and societies. Written in an accessible style with a helpful introduction, the retrospective and prospective nature of this volume will be an essential resource for students, teachers and policy-makers across a range of fields, from business and management, to sociology and organization studies.

The Post Office and Its Story

By Edward Bennett
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1630
  • Category : History
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"The Post Office and Its Story" by Edward Bennett. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Power and Everyday Practices, Second Edition

By Deborah Brock,Aryn Martin,Rebecca Raby,Mark Thomas
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  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Book Code : 1487588240
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Social Science
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This unique and innovative text provides undergraduate students with tools to think sociologically through the lens of everyday life. Normative social organization and taken-for-granted beliefs and actions are exposed as key mechanisms of power and social inequality in Western societies today. By "unpacking the centre" students are encouraged to turn their social worlds inside out and explore alternatives to the dominant social order. The second edition is divided into three parts. Part one teaches students how to use theory and methodology, which are blended seamlessly throughout the text. It shows how to position Michel Foucault and Karl Marx as companions to theorists such as Stuart Hall, while signalling the importance of non-Western and Indigenous knowledges, experiences, and rights. In part two, students explore—and challenge—normativity in relation to the body, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, class, aging, and citizenship. In part three, chapters critique everyday practices such as thinking scientifically, practising self-help, going shopping, managing money, buying coffee, talking about Indigeneity, and travelling as a tourist. Each chapter includes thought-provoking exercises, study questions, and key terms that link to the volume’s comprehensive glossary. Instructors are provided PowerPoint slides, a test bank, and a list of online resources that make the book adaptable to online and blended learning environments.

Measure What Matters

By John Doerr
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 052553623X
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Business & Economics
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#1 New York Times Bestseller Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how it can help any organization thrive. In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he'd just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. For Google to change the world (or even to survive), Page and Brin had to learn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track. They'd have to know when to pull the plug on losing propositions, to fail fast. And they needed timely, relevant data to track their progress—to measure what mattered. Doerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence: Objectives and Key Results. He had first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel, where the legendary Andy Grove ("the greatest manager of his or any era") drove the best-run company Doerr had ever seen. Later, as a venture capitalist, Doerr shared Grove's brainchild with more than fifty companies. Wherever the process was faithfully practiced, it worked. In this goal-setting system, objectives define what we seek to achieve; key results are how those top-priority goals will be attained with specific, measurable actions within a set time frame. Everyone's goals, from entry level to CEO, are transparent to the entire organization. The benefits are profound. OKRs surface an organization's most important work. They focus effort and foster coordination. They keep employees on track. They link objectives across silos to unify and strengthen the entire company. Along the way, OKRs enhance workplace satisfaction and boost retention. In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.