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).
Chapter 1: Introduction
In July 2014, more than 4000 sociologists met at Yokohama to exchange views and research findings on the crucial challenge of the 21st century – the confrontation and eventual elimination of the processes of structural inequality that affect millions of human beings today.
According to the proceedings of this Congress, we have been able to confirm that the instability and uncertainty that characterize the world today can be roughly explained by the existence of an immense and vertiginous accumulation of wealth by a few, which in turn has precipitated the dispossession, impoverishment and exclusion of millions of human beings in all latitudes of our planet.
Even though it is true that not a single society has ever ...