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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).

Stratification Requiescat in Pace*: Paradigm Shift from ‘Stratification’ and Mobility to Inequality
Stratification Requiescat in Pace: Paradigm Shift from ‘Stratification’ and Mobility to Inequality
Göran Therborn

Hopefully the 2014 Yokohama Congress of the ISA will generate a paradigm shift within sociology. Isn’t it odd, that among the fifty-plus Research Committees of the ISA, there is not one focusing explicitly on inequality? Instead, we have RC28 on ‘Social Stratification’, a venerable club of technically very sophisticated members mainly interested in ‘social mobility’, a notion the undertext of which has always been that inequality does not really matter. What matters are people’s chances of moving up the ladder of inequality, within a generation or over two generations. As two representative figures, writing about ‘four ...

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