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.

Civil Societies

Civil societies


Civil society is a key institutional domain for the transformation of meanings, the creation and hybridization of projects, the practice of individual and collective agency, and the contested production of frames and discourses. Approaches vary considerably in the extent to which meaning is seen as a source of contestation or consensus, and the nature of the link between civil society and other institutional domains.

The notion of what constitutes modernity in forms of civil society is particularly contested: are there multiple modernities; a distinction between premodern and modern, postmodernity; or varieties of modernity? When complex inequalities, especially gender, are brought into focus these issues are particularly acute.

The inclusion of global processes challenges the tendency to understand civil society as constituted primarily and more ...

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