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.

Varieties of Modernity

Varieties of modernity


Differences between countries are due not only to the level of development but also to different path dependent trajectories leading to varieties of regimes of inequality.

A challenge to existing accounts of path dependency is to take adequate account of complex inequalities in addition to class. Do varieties of class and gender regimes map onto each other or not?

Most analyses of path dependency have focused on the nexus of political economy conflating employment and welfare. Are varieties of employment regulation and welfare provision the same, or are there distinctions between them? Even more challenging is whether violence constitutes a third type of path dependency which does not map onto that of political economy.

The concept of nexus is used to specify a ...

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