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Inequalities

  • By: Anna Barford & Danny Dorling
  • In: Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
  • Edited by: Dale Southerton
  • Subject:Sociology of Consumption, Consumer Psychology, Consumer Culture

Inequality is a broad concept that takes many forms but can be generally thought of as an uneven distribution of power. It is not easy to imagine inequality. What one sees depends very much on where one is situated and where one is looking. Consider Zanzibar; for example, the Indian Ocean islands, which put the zan into Tanzania. Tan came from the German colonial name for mainland Tanzania, which was Tanganika. Zanzibar Town, like Bristol in the United Kingdom, was a key port for the trading of people as slaves among other tradable entities. People were stolen from the mainland of Africa to be sold into an international slave trade. That the grandeur of these cities is built on such exploitation of other people is ...

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