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Unequal FoundationsInequality, Morality, and Emotions across Cultures$
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Steven Hitlin and Sarah K. Harkness

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190465407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190465407.001.0001

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A Primer on Inequality

A Primer on Inequality

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Unequal Foundations

Steven Hitlin

Sarah K. Harkness

Oxford University Press

One of sociology’s biggest contributions is an interrogation of broad social structures, including the consequences and continuation of social inequalities. We begin by setting the stage for the overall project by outlining issues of economic inequality across societies. We discuss some of the ramifications inequality has within a society, including how inequality becomes internalized and shapes beliefs about right, wrong, and possible futures for people in these systems. We will conclude with some prominent ideas that link structure, culture, and the individual often captured in the notion of “structuration.”

Keywords:   inequality, comparative inequality, health, happiness, criminal justice, relative deprivation, social capital, trust, structuration

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