Cultures of Stigma and Social Inequality
Cultures of Class and Social Inequality
Recent years have seen marked rises in economic inequality in Britain and other developed countries, captured by the slogan of the Occupy Movement in the United States: “We are the 99%.” The current round of austerity measures introduced by the UK government seeks to consolidate the neoliberal agenda of privatization, cuts to welfare spending, the driving down of wages and living standards, and the shrinking of the state.
The Cultures of class and social inequality strand brings together work by researchers who share a concern with the social, cultural, and economic effects of inequality: with the lived experience of poverty, indebtedness, and precariousness, and with the political work of culture in representing and critiquing a fundamentally unequal social order. We are interested in how competitive pressures are impacting on ordinary people in the global North and South, in new social movements that seek to resist inequality, and in how the economics and politics of austerity may be challenged. The strand connects with the Global Inequalities Research Cluster, a grouping of academics from our University investigating the causes and effects of economic inequality in Britain and Europe, the United States, Africa, and South Asia.