Biosocial Aspects of Social Class

ISBN 13: 9780198577249

Biosocial Aspects of Social Class

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What is social class? Are class differences declining? This volume explores social class from three distinct but related perspectives: Sociological, demographic, and biological. A sociologist provides his conceptualization of social class, and examines the variety of class schema and the reliability and the validity of these schemata . Demographers then analyse the extent and causes of fertility, marriage, and mortality differences. Finally a biologist reflects on morbidity differentials, the extent and effects of migration, and the question of whether or not genetic differences exist between classes.

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  • List of contributors
  • The sociology of social class
  • Anthony Heath: Introduction
  • 1: Conceptions of social class
  • 2: The Registrar General's scheme
  • 3: John Goldthorpe's class scheme
  • 4: Reliability and validity
  • 5: Further technical issues
  • 6: Explanatory power
  • 7: The changing shape of the class structure
  • 8: Are class differences declining?
  • Social class mortality differences
  • 9: Peter Goldblatt: Introduction
  • 10: Time trends in mortality by social class
  • 11: Explanations of a general pattern
  • 12: Alternative indices
  • 13: Women's mortality
  • 14: Differences at older ages
  • 15: Conclusions
  • The demography of social class
  • 16: David Coleman: Introduction
  • 17: Popular and official notions of class
  • 18: Origin of class differences in fertility and marriage
  • 19: The history of social gradients in fertility
  • 20: Twentieth century fertility differentials
  • 21: Social class and family planning today
  • 22: The present pattern of fertility by social class
  • 23: Social differences in age at marriage and timing of births
  • 24: Births and the social origins of the next generation
  • 25: Class, work, and family size
  • 26: Family intentions
  • 27: Education and fertility
  • 28: Tenure and fertility
  • 29: Class, attitudes, and unwanted fertility
  • 30: Marriage and social class
  • 31: Household types and sizes
  • 32: Marital choice and class boundaries
  • The biology of social class
  • 33: C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor: Introduction
  • 34: Social class differences in morbidity
  • 35: Mating patterns and social morbidity
  • 36: Class endogamy and assortive mating
  • 37: Social mobility
  • 38: Genetic differences between social classes
  • 39: Blood groups
  • 40: Schizophrenia, alcoholism, and biological determinism
  • 41: Obesity
  • 42: Age at menarche
  • 43: Skeletal maturation
  • 44: IQ
  • 45: Height
  • 46: Head circumference
  • 47: Conclusions
  • Index

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Four contributions on various aspects of social class are brought together, concentrating on different concepts of social class and the measures used are compared and the appropriateness of different class schemes for various purposes is considered. Questions relating to the treatment of women in class analysis are given special consideration. The second contribution reviews the associations between class and mortality in Britain and considers the trends over time. The third contribution is concerned with demography: with differences in fertility and marriage between social classes. The extent to which these parameters change with time and internationally is also discussed. The fourth contribution summarizes the biological variables that are associated with social class and seeks to account for the observed associations.

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Editore: Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A.: Oxford Univ Pr (1990)
ISBN 10: 0198577249 ISBN 13: 9780198577249
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Descrizione libro Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A.: Oxford Univ Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Codice articolo W58

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