1st Edition

Inequality in Economics and Sociology New Perspectives

Edited By Gilberto Antonelli, Boike Rehbein Copyright 2018
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

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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



    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.