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.
List of illustrations List of contributors Introduction 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 Jesse Souza 4. Lower classes Jesse 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 Mare 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 Index
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.