New Unit: Inequality


What is inequality?

The term social inequality refers to the unequal distribution of social, political and economic resources within a social collective.

‘Sociology’ By R Vankrieken, D Habibis, P Smith, B Hutchins, G Martin & K Maton (2013) sourced by Christina

The organising principle of hierarchical structure in human society, is manifested in unequal access to goods, information, decision making and power.

T Price & G Feinman (2010) sourced by Greta and Efi

Social inequalities are differences in income, resources, power and status with and between societies. 

L Warwick Booth (2013) sourced by Alicia and Mikaela

Kendall (2008) associated inequality with lack of ownership and control of resources and work. 

Sourced by Jenna

By studying historical and current events, and analysing them as social processes, inequality can be understood, not as something that just happens and thus requires assistance through charitable deeds, but as something that is systematically and sometimes deliberately created for reasons of personal gain, with many residual interrelated effects.

J Alessio (2016) sourced by Ashleigh

Inequality has many dimensions and is present in most social arrangements and relationships…inequality is the fundamental and universal issue pervading most social arrangements and pursuits

A Jamrozik and L Nocella (1998) sourced by Jenna

Social inequality refers to the relationship processes in society that have the effect of limiting or harming a group’s social status, social class and social circle.

M Marger (2013) sourced by Efi

Social inequalities are differences in income, resources, power and status within and between societies. Such inequalities are maintained by those in powerful positions via institutions and social processes. 

Nandoo & Wills (2008) sourced by Sam G