Inequality remains one of the most intensely discussed topics on a global level. As well as figuring prominently in economics, it is possibly the most central topic of sociology. Despite this, there has been no book until now that unites approaches from economics and sociology.
Organized thematically, this volume brings international scholars together to offer students and researchers a cutting-edge overview of the core topics of inequality research. Chapters cover: the theoretical traditions in economics and sociology; the global and national structures of inequality in the contemporary world; the main dimensions of inequality (including gender, race, caste, migration, education and poverty); and research methodology. In presenting this overview, Inequality in Economics and Sociology seeks to build a bridge between the disciplines and the approaches.
This book offers an encompassing understanding of an increasingly fragmented and highly specialized field of research. It will be invaluable for students and researchers seeking a single repository on the current state of knowledge, current debates and relevant literature in this key area.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of contributors
Gilberto Antonelli and Boike Rehbein
PART I Theoretical background
1. Theoretical approaches to inequality in economics and sociology
Giovanni Guidetti and Boike Rehbein
PART II Inequality and globalization
2. Inequality in income and wealth distribution, globalization and models of capitalism
3. Globalization, capitalism and inequality
Boike Rehbein and Jessé Souza
4. Lower classes
5. Middle classes
PART III Dimensions of inequality
7. Gender and inequality
8. Inequality and migration
9. Inequality, ethnicity and caste
Surinder S. Jodhka
10. Inequality and race
11. Rural–urban inequality and poverty
12. Inequality, education and skills
Michael Kinville and Giulio Pedrini
13. Innovation and inequality
PART IV Methodology
14. Quantitative methods for inequality measurement
15. Qualitative approaches to inequality
Gilberto Antonelli is Full Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna, Italy, and Chairman of the School of Development, Innovation and Change (SDIC).
Boike Rehbein is Professor of the Sociology of Asia and Africa at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.