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Facing An Unequal World

Facing An Unequal World
Challenges for Global Sociology

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March 2018 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Raquel Sosa Elízaga has assembled an incredibly complete set of analyses of inequality written by a range of scholars about a wide range of issues. Incomparable essential reading."
    - Immanuel Wallerstein, Senior Research Scientist, Sociology, Yale University

Over recent decades, living conditions in poorer countries have deteriorated, leaving us faced with the present phenomenon of global inequality. Arguably the biggest challenge of the 21st Century is the confrontation and eventual elimination of the processes of structural inequality that affect these millions of human beings today.

Facing an Unequal World tackles and critically examines key issues and challenges for global sociology across these interrelated themes:

  • The dimensions of inequality and the configurations of structural inequalities and structures of power
  • Conceptions of justice in different historical and cultural traditions
  • Conflicts on environmental justice and sustainable futures
  • The social injuries of inequality, and overcoming inequalities 

Written by a selection of international key sociologists and academics, this is a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and researchers in sociology alike.

Raquel Sosa Elízaga
Chapter 1: Introduction
Part One: Capitalism and Inequality: Globalized Economies and Fractured Societies
Saskia Sassen
Chapter 2: When Extractive Logics Rule: Proliferating Expulsions
Ari Sitas
Chapter 3: Resilience, Resistance and Rewiring the World Economy: A View from the South
Göran Therborn
Chapter 4: Stratification Requiescat in Pace: Paradigm Shift: From 'Stratification' and Mobility to Inequality
Part Two: Economic, Territorial and Social Dimensions of Inequality
Harold Kerbo
Chapter 5: Globalization, Uneven Economic Development, Inequality and Poverty: The Interactive Effects Between Position in the Modern World System and Domestic Stratification Systems
Habibul Haque Khondker
Chapter 6: Poverty and Inequality in the Arab World
Carlos Walter Porto-Goncalves
Chapter 7: Amazonia: Territorial Tensions in Progress
Keng-Ming Hsu & Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
Chapter 8: Climate Change and Vulnerable Urban Groups: Comparative Analysis of Taipei and Kaohsiung
Chizuko Ueno
Chapter 9: The Coming of the New Class Society: Gender Matters
Susan A. McDaniel
Chapter 10: Duel of the Dualisms: Production and Reproduction Reconfiguring
Hiroyuki Torigoe
Chapter 11: The Historic Environment in Opposition to Social Inequalities
Jean-Michel Bonvin
Chapter 12: The Capability Approach, Social Development and Human Rights
Ana Esther Ceceña
Chapter 13: Two Dissident Ways of Reading on Inequality
Sarah El Jamal & Sari Hanafi
Chapter 14: Framing Arab Poverty Knowledge Production: A Socio-bibliometric Study
Part Three: Reforms, Resistance and Alternatives: New Ways Towards Social Justice
Walden Bello
Chapter 15: The Limits of Reform in Liberal Democracies
Edgardo Lander
Chapter 16: Tensions Between Development, Public Policies to Confront Poverty/Inequality and the Defense of Pluriculturality in South America
Grace Khunou
Chapter 17: Inequitable Access to Citizenship in Democratic States: An Exploration of the Limits of Gendered Social Policies for the Attainment of Gender Inequality
Paulo Henrique Martins
Chapter 18: Collective Right to Life and New Social Justice: the Case of the Bolivian Indigenous Movement
Chih-Jou Jay Chen
Chapter 19: Demanding Justice: Popular Protests in China
Peter Alexander
Chapter 20: Thomas Piketty and the Marikana Massacre
Aylin Topal
Chapter 21: From Tekel to Gezi Resistance in Turkey: Possibilities for a Combined Rights Movement
José Esteban Castro
Chapter 22: Socio-ecological Inequality and the Democratization Process

Raquel Sosa has assembled an incredibly complete set of analyses of inequality written by a range of scholars about a wide range of issues. Incomparable essential reading.

Immanuel Wallerstein
Senior Research Scientist, Sociology, Yale University

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