Inequality Studies from the Global South

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  • Publication Date: July 2020
  • Dimensions and Pages: 234 x 156mm; 296 pp 18 B&W Illustrations
  • Paperback EAN: 978-1-77614-616-1
  • Rights: Exclusive in SADC, non-exclusive in rest of Africa
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 420.00

This book highlights the approaches and experiences of both the geographical South and the
South as a metaphor for the victims of exclusion and oppression, and also points to the need
to shift the centre of gravity of inequality studies to the global South. The Southern Centre for
Inequality Studies, by producing this must read on inequality, is clearly off to a great start.
— Ebrima Sall, Executive Director of TrustAfrica and former Executive Secretary of CODESRIA

This is a major contribution to social science discourse on inequality that seriously shifts
the focus from money-matric, income-centric engagement to historically understood,
interconnected, structural dimensions, centering on power. It is likely to infl uence not only
thinking on inequality in global South but also in academies and policy circles of the
global North.
— Manoranjan Mohanty, Retired Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi

An important collection that [brings a] fresh and innovative perspective on inequality from
the global South. It examines inequality across the global South from multiple perspectives,
including gender, race and class, and is an essential tool for researchers and students in
both the global North and South who are concerned about growing levels of inequality
across the globe.
— Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development, Departments of International
Development and Gender Studies, London School of Economics

This book offers an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to thinking about inequality, and to understanding how inequality is produced and reproduced in the global South.

Without the safety net of the various Northern welfare states, inequality in the global South is not merely a socio-economic problem, but an existential threat to the social contract that underpins the democratic state and society itself. Only a response that is firmly grounded in the context of the global South can hope to address this problem. This collection brings together scholars from across the global South to address broad thematic areas such as the conceptual and methodological challenges of measuring inequality; the political economy of inequality; inequality in work, households and the labour market; and inequalities in land, spaces and cities. The book concludes by suggesting alternatives for addressing inequality in the global South and around the world.

The pioneering ideas and theories put forward by this volume make it essential reading for students and researchers of global inequality across the fi elds of sociology, economics, law, politics, global studies and development studies.

Preface – David Francis, Imraan Valodia and Edward Webster

PART I: INTRODUCTIONS AND CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS ON INEQUALITY IN THE SOUTH
Chapter 1 Towards a Southern Approach to Inequality: Inequality Studies in South Africa and the Global South – Edward Webster, Imraan Valodia and David Francis
Chapter 2 Is Hierarchy the Same as Inequality? – Dilip Menon
Chapter 3 Inequality Under Globalization: State of Knowledge and Implications for Economics – James K. Galbraith and Jaehee Choi

PART II: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INEQUALITY IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Chapter 4 A Survey of Trends in Macroeconomic Policy and Development in the Global South: From World War II to the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond –
Vishnu Padayachee
Chapter 5 Economic Power and Regulation: The Political Economy of Metals, Machinery and Equipment Industries in South Africa – Sumayya Goga,
Pamela Mondliwa and Simon Roberts
Chapter 6 Inegalitarian Growth: India and Brazil Compared – Alexandre de Freitas Barbosa, Maria Cristina Cacciamali and Gerry Rodgers

PART III: WORK, HOUSEHOLDS AND THE LABOUR MARKET
Chapter 7 The Crisis of Social Reproduction in Petty Commodity Production and Large-scale Mining: A Southern Perspective on Gender Inequality – Hibist Kassa
Chapter 8 Vocational Education and Inequalities in Transitions from Education to Work in Three African Countries – Stephanie Allais

PART IV: LAND, SPACE AND CITIES
Chapter 9 Investigating Infrastructures of Urban Inequality – Margot Rubin, Melanie Samson, Sian Butcher, Avril Joffe, Stefania Merlo, Laila Smith and Alex Wafer
Chapter 10 Social Reproduction at End Moments: Land, Class Formation and Rural Economies in Ghana and South Africa – Akua Britwam and Ben Scully

PART V: ALTERNATIVES
Chapter 11 Minimum Wages: Tackling Labour Market Inequality – Patrick Belser, David Francis, Kim Jurgensen and Imraan Valodia
Chapter 12 Building Counter Power in the Workplace: South Africa’s Inequality Paradox – Edward Webster
Chapter 13 Global Inequality and Human Rights –Radhika Balakrishnan
Chapter 14 Conclusion – David Francis, Edward Webster and Imraan Valodia

About the Editors
Edward Webster is a Distinguished Research Professor and founder of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
David Francis is the Deputy Director of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Imraan Valodia is Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management and Director of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

This book highlights the approaches and experiences of both the geographical South and the
South as a metaphor for the victims of exclusion and oppression, and also points to the need
to shift the centre of gravity of inequality studies to the global South. The Southern Centre for
Inequality Studies, by producing this must read on inequality, is clearly off to a great start.
— Ebrima Sall, Executive Director of TrustAfrica and former Executive Secretary of CODESRIA

This is a major contribution to social science discourse on inequality that seriously shifts
the focus from money-matric, income-centric engagement to historically understood,
interconnected, structural dimensions, centering on power. It is likely to infl uence not only
thinking on inequality in global South but also in academies and policy circles of the
global North.
— Manoranjan Mohanty, Retired Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi

An important collection that [brings a] fresh and innovative perspective on inequality from
the global South. It examines inequality across the global South from multiple perspectives,
including gender, race and class, and is an essential tool for researchers and students in
both the global North and South who are concerned about growing levels of inequality
across the globe.
— Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development, Departments of International
Development and Gender Studies, London School of Economics

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