About this Research Topic
The topic of inequalities has always been central to sociology and related fields such as social policy, gender studies, critical race studies and human geography. Most recently, digital inequality has emerged as a major topic, as has the question of the implications for health of genetic advantage and disadvantage.
Taking many different forms, imbalance of power often, if not always, involves the intersection of different axes of power, notably those of socio-economic class, location, race, ethnicity, sex, gender and sexuality, generation, embodiment and disability.
Stark quantitative inequalities by class, gender and racialized groups in life chances have persisted in European welfare states, with evidence of widening gaps in mortality inequalities during periods of austerity. Global patterns of migration mean that inequalities in migration status and migration route intersect with existing inequalities giving rise to new socioeconomic patterns. Investigation of the symbolic and moral meanings of inequality for individuals and communities under different migration and welfare regimes illuminates their damaging effect for health and wellbeing and their transmission across generations.
As an international journal, Frontiers in Sociology is particularly well placed to address the interrelations between inequalities within regions and states and those between them. Among possible themes are the emergence of Europe as a broader framework for statistical analysis of inequalities in the OECD and EU, going beyond and integrating studies traditionally conducted on a national basis.
In addition to the lived experience of inequalities and conditions in which they occur, we are interested in the ways in which people engage in resistance in different settings and the forms this takes.
Some questions we seek answers to are:
• How is power implicated in the making of inequalities?
• What is the relational and connected nature of the factors and social forces producing inequalities?
• How is the world of work and labour changing in response to a digital world?
• How do people live their lives in unequal times?
• What sort of inequalities are important in the contemporary world?
• How are inequalities challenged and what can be done to reduce, for example the extent of inequality between different parts of the world and what role has the global north played in the production of unequal relations?
• Is inequality all the same for different groups of workers across the world?
• What are the effect of social inequalities on individuals?
We welcome all approaches - theoretical and empirical, substantive and methodological, micro and macro, qualitative and quantitative, as well as geographically specific research.
Keywords: inequalities, migration and society, sociological theory, work, employment, organisations, industry, economy, gender, sex, sexuality, evolutionary sociology, demongraphics, medical sociology, health
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.