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Sociology in the modern world faces many challenges. This edited volume explores significant themes including inequality, structures of power, conceptions of justice and sustainable futures, forming a critical examination across twenty-five individually authored chapters. This text forms part of SAGE Studies in International Sociology series (SSIS).

Tensions Between Development, Public Policies to Confront Poverty/Inequality and the Defense of Pluriculturality in South America
Tensions Between Development, Public Policies to Confront Poverty/Inequality and the Defense of Pluriculturality in South America
Edgardo Lander

Measured according to conventional criteria of income distribution Latin America is by far the most unequal continent.1 Inequality is particularly extreme in some countries. In 2002 the ratio between the average income of the richest quintile and the poorest quintile was 44.2 to 1 in Bolivia and 34.4 to 1 in Brazil.2

In the last two or three decades there has been a clear tendency towards an increase of inequality in most of the world3 as a result of neoliberal globalization and reductions in welfare policies. However, many countries ...

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