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Inequality in Economics and Sociology
New Perspectives

ISBN 9781138678477
Published July 13, 2017 by Routledge
256 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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

Gilberto Antonelli

3. Globalization, capitalism and inequality

Boike Rehbein and Jessé Souza

4. Lower classes

Jessé Souza

5. Middle classes

Florian Stoll

6. Elites

Michael Hartmann

PART III Dimensions of inequality

7. Gender and inequality

Emanuelle Silva

8. Inequality and migration

Anja Weiß

9. Inequality, ethnicity and caste

Surinder S. Jodhka

10. Inequality and race

Gerhard Maré

11. Rural–urban inequality and poverty

Anirudh Krishna

12. Inequality, education and skills

Michael Kinville and Giulio Pedrini

13. Innovation and inequality

Riccardo Leoncini

PART IV Methodology

14. Quantitative methods for inequality measurement

Pinuccia Calia

15. Qualitative approaches to inequality

Christian Schneickert


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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.