This book presents studies from across Latin America to take up the challenge of exploring the plurality of social inequalities from a global perspective. Accordingly, it identifies the structural forces of social inequalities on a world scale as they shape asymmetries observed in a wide array of phenomena, such as racial and gender inequality, urbanization, migration, commodity production, indigenous mobilization, ecological conflicts, and the "new middle class". A rich contribution to the study of the interconnections between the global social structure and multiple local and national hierarchies, Global Entangled Inequalities brings consistently together a variety of conceptual approaches, ranging from ethnographies to legal genealogies, and will therefore appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in social theory, power analysis, intersectionality studies, urban studies, and global social and environmental justice.
Table of Contents
Introduction (Renata Motta, Elizabeth Jelin, and Sérgio Costa)
Part I Structuring Inequalities
1. Inequality: Towards a World-Historical Perspective (Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz)
2. Transregional Articulations of Law and Race in Latin America: A Legal Genealogy of Inequality (Manuel Góngora-Mera)
3. The Urban Space and the (Re)production of Social Inequalities: Decoupling Income Distribution and Patterns of Urbanization in Latin American Cities (Ramiro Segura)
4. Researching Inequalities from a Socio-ecological Perspective (Kristina Dietz)
Part II Categorization: The Construction and Deconstruction of Persistent Hierarchies
5. The Social Imaginary of Inequalities in Latin America: Is Another View Necessary? (Juan Pablo Pérez Saínz)
6. Unequal Differences: Gender, Ethnicity/Race and Citizenship in Class Societies (Historical Realities, Analytical Approaches) (Elizabeth Jelin)
7. Competing Indigeneities: Being a (Hyper)real Ecowarrior in Twenty-first Century Bolivia (Andrew Canessa)
8. The Symbolic Construction of Inequalities (Luis Reygadas)
Part III Dynamics of Production and Transformation of Inequalities
9. Multiple Layers of Inequalities and Intersectionality (Jairo Baquero-Melo)
10. Millionaires, the Established, the Outsiders, and the Poor. Social Structure and Political Crisis in Brazil (Sérgio Costa)
11. Transnational Care Chains and Entangled Inequalities (Anna Katharina Skornia)
12. Socio-Environmental Inequalities and GM crops: Class, Gender and Knowledge (Renata Motta)
Final Reflections (Sérgio Costa, Elizabeth Jelin, Renata Motta)
Elizabeth Jelin is Senior Researcher at CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas of Argentina) and IDES (Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Professor at the Social Sciences Graduate Program UNGS-IDES. Her most recent book, La lucha por el pasado: Cómo construimos la memoria social, was published in 2017.
Renata Motta is Adjunct Professor in Sociology at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests include political sociology, rural studies, social inequalities, risk sociology, gender, and the environment. She has authored articles in these areas for Journal of Agrarian Change, Social Movement Studies, Sociology Compass, and Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, and for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). She is the author of Social Mobilization, Global Capitalism and Struggles over Food: A Comparative Study of Social Movements (Routledge, 2016).
Sérgio Costa is Professor of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin, where he is the spokesperson of the Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality in Unequal Societies. Trained in sociology and economics in Brazil and Germany, he specializes in social inequalities, racism and anti-racism, as well as postcolonial theories.