Sociology of Spatial Inequality, The

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Sociologists have too often discounted the role of space in inequality. This book showcases a recent generation of inquiry that attends to poverty, prosperity, and power across a range of territories and their populations within the United States, addressing spatial inequality as a thematically distinct body of work that spans sociological research traditions. The contributors’ various perspectives offer an agenda for future action to bridge sociology’s diverse and often narrowly focused spatial and inequality traditions.
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M. Lobao is Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Geography at the Ohio State University. She is the author of Locality and Inequality: Farm and Industry Structure and Socioeconomic Conditions, also published by SUNY Press, and coauthor (with Paul Lasly, F. Larry Leistritz, and Katherine Meyer) of Beyond the Amber Waves of Grain: An Examination of Social and Economic Restructuring in the Heartland.

Gregory Hooks is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Washington State University. He is the author of Forging the Military-Industrial Complex: World War II’s Battle of the Potomac.

Ann R. Tickamyer is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University. She is coeditor (with William W. Falk and Michael D. Schulman) of Communities of Work: Rural Restructuring in Local and Global Contexts.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 1, 2012
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Pages
286
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ISBN
9780791479971
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Sociology / General
Social Science / Sociology / Rural
Social Science / Sociology / Urban
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