Economic inequality is a matter of sociological importance and sociologists should be interested in it. As mentioned in the introduction, power, inequality and conflict have been central themes of sociology, including inequality in wealth and income. One of the aims of this book is to pursue these traditionally sociological concerns in relation to globalisation. Such themes involve economics. Power, inequality and conflict are often, but not entirely, bound up with economic power, inequalities in wealth and income and how they affect life chances and shape other spheres of society such as culture and politics. Conflict is often over economic interests or the pursuit of resources or economic gain. So global inequality taps into core sociological concerns. To look at the economic dimensions of these is not a step away from sociology – it is central to making sense of the sociological concern of inequality. In fact the sociology of development is a sub-field of the discipline that has long been interested in global inequality.
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