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Social Advantage and Disadvantage

Hartley Dean and Lucinda Platt


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 concentr ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hartley Dean, editor
Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics

Lucinda Platt, editor
Professor of Social Policy and Sociology, London School of Economics

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Part I Concepts and Theory

Part II Advantage and Disadvantage across the Life Course

8 Accumulated Advantage and Disadvantage

John Hills and Jack Cunliffe

Part III Cross-cutting Themes

12 ‘Race’ and Ethnicity

Coretta Phillips and Lucinda Platt

Part IV Conclusion

17 Conclusions

Lucinda Platt and Hartley Dean