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Relational InequalitiesAn Organizational Approach$
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Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Dustin Avent-Holt

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190624422.001.0001

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Generating Inequalities

Generating Inequalities

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(p.1) 1 Generating Inequalities
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Relational Inequalities
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Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

Dustin Avent-Holt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190624422.003.0001

This book introduces relational inequality theory (RIT). RIT builds on a foundation of social relationships, organizations, and the intersectional complexity and fluidity that characterize social life. The argument is organized around three generic inequality-generating mechanisms—exploitation, social closure, and claims-making. The actual levels and contours of the inequalities produced by these three mechanisms are, however, profoundly contingent on the institutional fields in which organizations operate and their internal intersectional dynamics. RIT is contrasted to status attainment theory in sociology, human capital and neoclassical models in economics, as well as heterodox economics and more institutional political economy approaches to inequality. The chapter concludes with an outline of the scientific advantages of relational models of action.

Keywords:   relational inequality theory, organization, intersectionality, exploitation, closure, claims-making, status attainment, human capital, heterodox economics, political economy

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