This research cluster brings together colleagues working on multiple dimensions and crystallisations of social inequality, including class, race and ethnicity, gender, and age, to critically analyse contemporary challenges across the globe. Driven by an awareness of the dramatic increase in economic inequality in recent decades associated with contemporary neo-liberal capitalism we seek to develop new paradigms and methodologies for the sociological analysis of inequality. We are especially attracted to developing relational perspectives on inequality which draw on intellectual currents including field analysis, social network analysis, science studies, material culture studies, feminism, and critical race theory. Our research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, including ethnography, social network analysis, and multiple correspondence analysis.
We directly collaborate with colleagues in the Economic Sociology cluster on the theme of ‘Inequalities, Culture and Expertise’ as well as with LSE’s International Inequalities Institute. Our members have obtained research funding from the ESRC, Wellcome, EPSRC and Leverhulme.
Members: Janet Foster, Sam Friedman, Carrie Friese, Suzi Hall, Ursula Henz, Mike Savage, Don Slater, Sara Salem, Fran Tonkiss