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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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Expanding the Moral Circle

Expanding the Moral Circle

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(p.225) 9 Expanding the Moral Circle
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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/9780190624422.003.0009

Relational inequality theory (RIT) is summarized, and its implications for social science practice, data collection, and causal attributions are outlined. To advance equality and justice agendas RIT also implies a series of global goals including moving from tribalism to universalism, from hierarchy to citizenship rights, and from markets to human dignity. Robotic recipes, particularly the religious reliance on market solutions, economic growth, and expanding education, will not solve the problems associated with rising inequality and the denial of human dignity. At the center of all three goals is the leveling of categorical distinctions and their associated status and power differentials and simultaneously making human dignity the central cultural framework through which organizational decisions should be made and policy goals identified.

Keywords:   field theory, relational model, equality, justice, dignity, hierarchy, citizenship, universalism, market, unjust meritocracy

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