Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a just world (World Social Science Report 2016)

Organization(s): IDS, ISSC, UNESCO
Year: 2016
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This report looks at seven dimensions of inequality and how they interact to shape people’s lives by
creating a vicious cycle of inequality. Inequalities should not just be understood and tackled in terms
of income and wealth. Inequalities can be economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, spatial and
The six objectives of this Report are :
  • To look beyond economic inequality to the interactions between multiple dimensions of inequality. This is why the Report often refers to “inequalities” rather than simply “inequality”;
  • To document the trends in inequality in several countries and in all world regions, and to provide data and information on less well-researched nations, notably low-income countries in Africa and Asia;
  • To analyse the consequences of inequalities in different countries and regions and for different groups of people;
  • To identify strategies to reduce inequalities;
  • To provide a multidisciplinary contribution to the study of inequality, with inputs from a large range of social sciences (such as economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, legal studies and development studies), as well as from other disciplines and outside academia;
  • To identify critical knowledge gaps and propose a global research agenda on inequality.

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