But this book is about experiences of equalization too, highlighting moments and processes of equalization in different parts of the world – from India and other parts of Asia, from the Americas, as well as from Europe. South Africa illustrates the toughest challenges. The killing fields of inequality can be avoided: this book shows how.
Clear, succinct, wide–ranging in scope and empirical in its approach, this timely book by one of the world s leading social scientists will appeal to a wide readership.
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I. The Fields 5
1. Human, Nasty and Short: Life under Inequality 7
2. Behind the Doors of Exclusion 20
II. Theory 35
3. Theoretical Cross–Draught 37
4. Three Kinds of (In)Equality and Their Production 48
III. History 69
5. Inequality and the Rise of Modernity 71
6. A Historical Six–Pack: Three Inequalities in
Global and National History 79
IV. Today s Unequal World 101
7. Current World Patterns and Dynamics of Inequalities 103
8. Three Puzzles of Contemporary Inequalities 132
V. Possible Futures 151
9. Overcoming Inequality Yesterday and Tomorrow 153
10. The Decisive Battlefields of Future (In)Equality 166
Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
"A great book. With a light touch, it provides a brief but comprehensive survey of all the main dimensions of inequality. Written with insight, commitment to social justice, and ability to see what matters, it becomes a book about social progress itself. It ends with a perceptive discussion of the next steps towards a more egalitarian future."
Richard Wilkinson, University of Nottingham