Patterns of Social Inequality covers all of the themes essential to an understanding of contemporary British Society in one volume. Written by some of the UK's leading Sociologists, all of them pre-eminent in their field, these essays not only offer an historical overview of such topics as class, gender, work, ethnicity and community but also make a substantive theoretical contribution to contemporary debates. Contributors: Sheila Allen, Robert Burgess, Maggie Curran, John Eldridge, Tony Elger, Frank Ennis, Theo Nichols, Ian Roberts *The volume originated from a wish to commemorate the work of Richard Brown, an extremely well-known sociologist, who during a long and distinguished career served as President of the British Sociological Association and wrote widely on issues relating to power and inequality in work and society. *Covers in one volume all of the themes central to an understanding of contemporary British Society including class gender and ethnicity. *Distinguished authors - written by a group of the UK's leading Sociologists, all of them pre-eminent in their field, but also make a theoretical and substantive contribution to current debates.