Global Inequality: Anthropological Insights

By Kenneth McGill

© 2016

Inequality is currently gaining considerable attention in academic, policy, and media circles. From Thomas Piketty to Robert Putnam, there is no shortage of economic, sociological, or political analyses. But what does anthropology, with its focus on the qualitative character of relationships between people, have to offer? Drawing on current scholarship and illustrative ethnographic case studies, McGill argues that anthropology is particularly well suited to interrogating global inequality, not just within nations, but across nations as well.

Brief, accessibly written, and peppered with vivid ethnographic examples that bring contemporary research to life, Global Inequality is an introduction to the topic from a unique and important perspective.

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  • Series: Anthropological Insights
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.3in x 9.0in
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Brief, accessibly written, and peppered with vivid ethnographic examples that bring contemporary research to life, Global Inequality is an introduction to the topic from a unique and important perspective.

Global Inequality: Anthropological Insights

By Kenneth McGill

© 2016

Inequality is currently gaining considerable attention in academic, policy, and media circles. From Thomas Piketty to Robert Putnam, there is no shortage of economic, sociological, or political analyses. But what does anthropology, with its focus on the qualitative character of relationships between people, have to offer? Drawing on current scholarship and illustrative ethnographic case studies, McGill argues that anthropology is particularly well suited to interrogating global inequality, not just within nations, but across nations as well.

Brief, accessibly written, and peppered with vivid ethnographic examples that bring contemporary research to life, Global Inequality is an introduction to the topic from a unique and important perspective.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Anthropological Insights
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "This is a welcome anthropological college textbook on surveying global human inequalities across different
    world regions, nation-states, and local cultural responses and initiatives. It accessibly discusses a complex and
    important subject now constantly studied and increasingly debated for creating new inequalities."
    R. S. Khare, Anthropos

    This highly readable and original volume is an essential addition to the literature on inequality. Providing ethnographic depth and bringing together wide-ranging anthropological perspectives in an area often dominated by economics and political science, McGill shows how inequalities are produced, sustained, challenged, and conceptualized by people worldwide.
    Sean T. Mitchell, Rutgers University
  • Author Information

    Kenneth McGill is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Connecticut State University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures
    Preface

    1. Introduction: Anthropology and Inequality

    2. Global Inequality: Historical-Anthropological Perspectives

    3. The Challenge of Global Inequality

    4. The Production of Inequality

    5. Rights, Equality, and the Nation-State

    6. Welfare and Economic Inequality

    7. Resistance and Social Organization in an Unequal World

    8. Situated Subjects in an Unequal World

    Appendix 1: Additional Readings and Films
    Appendix 2: Study and Essay Questions
    References
    Index

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