Social inequality: factors for cumulating deprivation
Опубликовано на портале: 11-10-2007
"Social inequality: factors for cumulating deprivation" (by Anton Balabanov and Evghenia Balabanova) raises issues in studying cumulative character of social inequality. Sociological content of the notion
'cumulative' is discussed demonstrating feasible theoretical model of 'Matthew's Effect' in the field of social and economic processes. Empirical study of cumulative advantages/deepening deprivation is scrutinized stressing limitations of traditional statistical approach to analysis of inequality dynamics. Qualitative characteristic is given to accumulation process at varying levels of societal reality - ranging from global to individual. Factors for deepening inequalities are stated: available economic resources and manner of their utilization; access to education; unfair remuneration in professional spheres; governmental policies of resources re-allocation; attitudes and types of economic behavior; chances to use social networks resources. Factors and mechanisms preventing spontaneous social polarization are emphasized as well.