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Complex Inequality

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The concept of complex (social) inequality refers to both the actual patterns of inequality—social hierarchy, domination, exclusion, or, to put it in more technical terms, differential access to goods and services, rights and entitlements, power, status, and prestige—and the conceptualizations cum representations of these inequalities. Inequalities are regarded as social in at least two senses: (1) when they are seen with a humanistic coefficient, that is, as socially evaluated (thus distinct from economic or cultural inequalities); and/or (2) when they are studied as ...

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