Originally published in 1972, this book aimed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the main theories of social stratification and to acquaint them with current methods of research, with the results from modern research (with emphasis on British research), and with current issues in this field. The first two chapters are concerned with theory and are followed by chapters on slavery and the caste system. These are intended to illustrate concepts and theory and to offer the student a comparative perspective in which to view stratification in modern society – which is dealt with in a final lengthy chapter.

The book has been written primarily for first-year university students, but also with sixth-formers and students in colleges of further education in mind.

1. Theory  2. Structure and Stratification  3. Slavery, Ancient and Modern  4. Caste Society  5. Modern Society.  Index.