How has globalization changed social inequality? In this groundbreaking book, Globalization and Inequalities, Sylvia Walby examines the many changing forms of social inequality and their intersectionalities at both country and global levels. She shows how the contest between different modernities and conceptions of progress shape the present and future.

The book re-thinks the nature of economy, polity, civil society and violence. It places globalization and inequalities at the center of an innovative new understanding of modernity and progress and demonstrates the power of these theoretical reformulations in practice, drawing on global data and in-depth analysis of the U.S. and EU.

Walby analyzes the tensions between the different forces that are shaping global futures. She examines the regulation and deregulation of employment and welfare; domestic and public gender regimes; secular and religious polities; path dependent trajectories and global political waves; and global inequalities and human rights.

Globalization and Inequalities is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students and academics of sociology, social theory, gender studies and politics and international relations, geography, economics and law.




The importance of violence for people's well-being, for regimes of inequality, and for other institutional domains, is much underestimated in social theory; indeed it is frequently rendered invisible. Yet the regulation and deployment of violence is part of the constitution of the social order, complex inequalities, and globalization. The conceptualization of violence should be neither simply naturalistic, nor solely discursive. Violence is not a significant part of the classical sociological tradition of Marx, Durkheim, and Simmel, nor of contemporary social theory; rather it is examined within rather specialized social science traditions associated with international relations and criminology and not integrated into mainstream social theory. Four challenges are made to social theory in order to theorize violence.

First, the development of an ontology of violence. Violence ...

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