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Lehrveranstaltungen im SS 2017


Dynamics of Inequalities in a Global Perspective

Seminar, Mi 14  - 16 Uhr c.t., KG IV, Mediaraum

Patterns of inequality associated with global capital have been reconfigured in different contexts and have historically produced varied results. Yet treatments of global inequality commonly take Euro- and U.S.-centric models of linear development and comparisons of national income and its distribution as a point of departure for analysis. In order to explain how complex socioeconomic hierarchies including, but not limited to class, reinforce inequalities among social groups around the globe, the class deals instead with recent approaches that transcend Euro- and U.S.-centric models of analysis and trace contemporary patterns of inequality back to the history of imperial and colonial power. The goal is to reintroduce into the scholarly dialogue on inequality a broader understanding of ascriptive hierarchies of race, gender, caste, and national citizenship and their relationship to colonial conquest, enslavement and labor migrations as interrelated contexts of the global production and reproduction of inequality patterns.


Global and Regional Transformations - Theories, Trends, Interdependencies

Vorlesung, Di 10 - 12 Uhr c.t., KG III, HS 3118

Social transformations reflect interdependent processes that take place in various world regions simultaneously. Due to their focus on national societies, sociologists have hitherto underestimated these interdependencies. This has led scholars to develop new approaches able to analyze global, transnational and transregional entanglements.
In its first part, this course will offer a comparative overview of these new perspectives highlighting their analytical promises and deficits. The second part is dedicated to studying global development tendencies in order to illustrate interdependencies between different regions.


The Haves and the Have-Mores - The Global Rich in the Worldwide Inequality Structure

Seminar, Di 16 - 18 Uhr c.t., KG IV ÜR1

The gap between the rich and the poor has been widening fast in the past decades, leading to unprecedented levels of wealth and income inequalities in the last few years. According to a recent Oxfam report, the richest 1% of the world’s population now has more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Furthermore, the wealth of the richest 62 individuals on the planet has increased by more than half a trillion dollars, while the wealth of the poorest half of the world's population, i.e., 3.6 billion individuals, has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010. Just nine of the 62 are women. The seminar takes these extreme levels of wealth and income inequality alongside their gender disparities as a point of departure for a look into the past and present mechanisms of wealth accumulation and inequality production under capitalism - from plantation slavery in the Caribbean, to the demand for luxury goods in Europe and up to the commodification of citizenship today.