This chapter aims at addressing some of the many theoretical and methodological challenges in measuring inequality as a dynamic process. The analysis of inequality is a complex subject that raises several questions. Inequality is a multifaceted concept, difficult to operationalize and measure. A number of scholars have also stressed the dynamic qualities of inequality: the combination of disadvantages and obstacles can change through time. Another crucial issue is the growing inequality between generations. A generational approach is needed: the application of a generational perspective allows us to enlarge the temporal focus in measuring inequality. In order to disentangle such complexity, the longitudinal design, and particularly a mixed methods one in which researchers combine qualitative and quantitative approaches, can be helpful in order to disentangle the relationship between macro and micro influences on inequality.

Ruspini, E. (2021). Inequality as Process. In M. Nico, G. Pollock (a cura di), The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Inequalities and the Life Course (pp. 27-38). London : Routledge [10.4324/9780429470059].

Inequality as Process

Ruspini, E.
Primo
2021

Abstract

This chapter aims at addressing some of the many theoretical and methodological challenges in measuring inequality as a dynamic process. The analysis of inequality is a complex subject that raises several questions. Inequality is a multifaceted concept, difficult to operationalize and measure. A number of scholars have also stressed the dynamic qualities of inequality: the combination of disadvantages and obstacles can change through time. Another crucial issue is the growing inequality between generations. A generational approach is needed: the application of a generational perspective allows us to enlarge the temporal focus in measuring inequality. In order to disentangle such complexity, the longitudinal design, and particularly a mixed methods one in which researchers combine qualitative and quantitative approaches, can be helpful in order to disentangle the relationship between macro and micro influences on inequality.
Capitolo o saggio
Inequality, Dynamics of Inequality, Longitudinal Data; Generations
English
The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Inequalities and the Life Course
9781138601505
Drawing upon perspectives from across the globe and employing an interdisciplinary life course approach, this handbook explores the production and reproduction of different types of inequality across a variety of social contexts. Inequalities are not static, easily measurable, and essentially quantifiable circumstances of life. They are processes which impact on individuals throughout the life course, interacting with each other, accumulating, attenuating, reproducing, or distorting themselves along the way. The chapters in this handbook examine various types of inequality, such as economic, gender, racial, and ethnic inequalities, and analyse how these inequalities manifest themselves within different aspects of society, including health, education, and the family, at multiple levels and dimensions. The handbook also tackles the global COVID-19 pandemic and its striking impact on the production and intensification of inequalities. The interdisciplinary life course approach utilised in this handbook combines quantitative and qualitative methods to bridge the gap between theory and practice and offer strategies and principles for identifying and tackling issues of inequality. This book will be indispensable for students and researchers as well as activists and policy makers interested in understanding and eradicating the processes of production, reproduction, and perpetuation of inequalities.
Ruspini, E. (2021). Inequality as Process. In M. Nico, G. Pollock (a cura di), The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Inequalities and the Life Course (pp. 27-38). London : Routledge [10.4324/9780429470059].
Ruspini, E
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