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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.
Table of Contents
- I. The Fields
- 1. Human, Nasty, and Short: Life under Inequality
- The Short Lives of the Unequalized
- Stunted Lives
- 2. Behind the Doors of Exclusion
- Political Dictat-ship
- II. Theory
- 3. Theoretical Cross-Draught
- The Difference between Difference and Inequality What Equality Is Desirable?
- Inequality and Poverty
- Opportunity: Should “Losers” Have Another Chance?
- 4. Three Kinds of (In)Equality and Their ProductionDimensions of Human Capability Four Mechanisms of (In)Equality
- III. History
- 5. Inequality and the Rise of Modernity
- Three Master Narratives
- 6. A Historical Six-Pack: Three Inequalities in Global and National History
- Vital Inequality
- Existential Inequality
- Resource Inequality
- IV. Today´s Unequal World
- 7. Current World Patterns and Dynamics
- Unequal Developments among the Unequals
- The World´s Pattern of Income Inequality
- 8. Three Puzzles of Contemporary Inequalities Why Have the Northern Welfare States Failed on Vital Inequality?
- Why has Existential Egalitarianism Become so Successful?
- Is there a Connection between recent Inter-national Convergence and Intra-national Unequalization?
- V. Possible Futures
- 9.Overcoming Inequality- Yesterday and Tomorrow Moments of Equality
- Forces of Equality
- 10. The Decisive Battlefields of Future (In)Equality The Image of Inequality
- The Three Key Institutions of Inequality
- The Decisive Battle - For the Orientation of the Middle Classes