Facing an unequal world

@article{Burawoy2015FacingAU,
  title={Facing an unequal world},
  author={Michael Burawoy},
  journal={Current Sociology},
  year={2015},
  volume={63},
  pages={34 - 5}
}
  • M. Burawoy
  • Published 1 January 2015
  • Economics
  • Current Sociology
To face an unequal world requires us to interpret and explain it, to be sure, but also to engage it, that is, to recognize that we are part of it and that we are partly responsible for it. In other words, inequality is not just something external to us, but also invades our own world. I begin, therefore, by examining the global community of sociology through the lens of inequality. I then consider two recent perspectives on our unequal world from outside sociology: the moral radicalism of Pope… 

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