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.
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