Understanding Inequality: Social Costs and Benefits

  • Amanda Machin
  • Nico Stehr

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Capitalism and Inequality

  4. Culture and Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-113
    2. Patricia A. Gwartney, Daniel S. Schwartz
      Pages 127-149
    3. Maren Lehmann
      Pages 151-169
  5. Governing and Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-223
    2. Reza Nakhaie
      Pages 271-294
    3. Barbara Lange, Andreas Haupt, Gerd Nollmann, Hermann Strasser
      Pages 295-319
  6. Media and Inequality

  7. Global and Local Inequality

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 417-427

About this book


The contributions in this book highlight, contextualize and analyze different aspects of social inequality. What are the various cause and effects of inequality? How have these changed over recent decades? Which social policies might be best able to intervene? Written by authors from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions, these contributions provide a rich account of inequality within contemporary society. The role of the state, the media and the market in exacerbating and alleviating patterns of equality are all accessed alongside analysis of changing patterns of exclusion and hierarchy. 


Modern society and social inequality • The sources of social inequality • The consequences of inequality • Capitalism and Inequality • Culture and Inequality • Governing and Inequality • Media and Inequality • Global and Local Inequality 

Target Groups

Cultural Theorists, Sociologists, Political Scientists and scholars of media studies and global ethics. All researchers, students, journalists and policy makers interested in social inequality today.

The Editors

Amanda Machin, PhD, is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Karl Mannheim Chair for Cultural Studies at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen. 

Nico Stehr, PhD, FRSC, is Karl Mannheim Professor for Cultural Studies at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen.  


Kapitilismus Soziale Ungleichheit Soziale Gleichheit Geschlechterungleichheit Inklusion Migration Armut Politische Steuerung Globale Ungleichheit

Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Machin
    • 1
  • Nico Stehr
    • 2
  1. 1.Zeppelin UniversitätFriedrichshafenGermany
  2. 2.Karl Mannheim Cultural StudiesZeppelin UniversitätFriedrichshafenGermany

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