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2. Social Inequality and Mobility

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This chapter briefly summarizes the recent developments in the field of social inequality and mobility research. It addresses the widely held view that new inequalities must be understood primarily as a consequence of the progressive integration of world markets. The central argument in the chapter is that traditional social inequality structures are fundamentally eroding in the globalization process, so that modern societies can no longer be characterized as class societies. It presents not only theoretical concepts, but also the latest empirical evidence from research examining the distribution of labor market risks in an era of increasing uncertainty. Socio-economic, educational and familial trends are nowadays well documented for most Western societies. The chapter turns to the changes of social inequality resulting from the progressive integration of world markets.

Keywords: globalization process; labor market risks; mobility research; social inequality



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