The Big Questions Books

The Big Questions Books, a new subseries of Studies in Social Inequality, provides an outlet for cutting-edge commentaries on the causes and consequences of contemporary inequality. As the study of inequality becomes ever more specialized, interdisciplinary, and sprawling, there is a growing need for essay-length books that allow scholars to weigh in on relevant debates while freed from the technical requirements of scholarly journal articles and the elaborate documentation of full-length research monographs. This new subseries will feature books that are short and incisive, often controversial, and always widely read.

Sponsor: The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Series Editors: David B. Grusky and Paula England


Incisive: Essay-length format avoids the distractions of unnecessary formalization or technical detail

Controversial: Provocatively argued even while exposing readers to alternative positions and inevitable ambiguities in evidence

Broad audience: Readership expanded beyond specialist markets by reducing formalization and focusing on debates of broad interest

Quick to market: Time to market minimized by building contributions around existing research programs and previously published work

All-star cast: Agenda-setting, high-profile authors

Possible Future Titles

  • Why Is There So Much Poverty?
  • Globalization and Inequality
  • Will There Be More Egalitarian Revolutions?
  • Prisons and Inequality
  • The Decline of Racial Distinctions?
  • The Future of the Gender Gap
  • Getting Ahead Today
  • Does Who You Know Still Matter?
  • Poverty, Inequality, and Terrorism
  • Social Class and Raising Children
  • The Take-off in Income Inequality
  • Is a New Power Elite Emerging?
  • The Making of Racial Categories
  • The New Immigrants
  • Does the Job Make the Person?
  • Can Sex Segregation Be Eliminated?
  • Intelligence and Inequality
  • Tracking and Educational Inequality
  • Social Class and Lifestyles
  • Health, Genetics, and Inequality

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