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How does culture feed into inequality? And the other way around? In Culture and Inequality, cultural sociologists from universities across the world explore these topics in-depth from various perspectives on the basis of academic readings. While this podcast is primarily intended as a course module for advanced students in sociology, it certainly offers interesting insights to a more general audience too.
 
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of social diversity and structural inequality, and its implications for organizational and community leaders. You will learn about several dimensions of social difference and inequality, the challenges associated with leading across those differences, and how to leverage those differences to advance organizational and community objectives. This course will prepare you to lead effectively in socially diverse contexts. Additional course materi ...
 
Inequality – The Issue of Our Time is a three-part series of dialogues led by Dr. Johnna Montgomerie, Professor of International Political Economy, at Kings College London. For many, inequality is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century because it erodes prosperity and destabilizes society. Many of us can recognize inequities whether about race, gender, climate, or the historical geographies of inequality caused by colonialism. Inequality is another word for the se ...
 
In a time of crisis and fast change, this podcast is a space to reflect and learn with change-makers working to tackle inequalities and injustice. We hear about the choices they make, the approaches they take, the obstacles they face and their hopes and dreams in making real change happen. As massive inequalities are threatening our societies and planet, join us to find out how to use this moment to turn the tide and shift power for a more just and equal world.
 
Designed by the Julius Baer Foundation, the Wealth Inequality Initiative aims to shed light on the global challenge of wealth disparities. It connects worldwide key players and experts to awaken interest, circulate knowledge, mobilise stakeholders and drive action against wealth inequality. The Wealth Inequality Initiative Podcast Series features inspirational and influential personalities, including experts of wealth inequality. Christoph Schmocker, CEO of the Julius Baer Foundation, or Dr. ...
 
This work presents Rousseau’s belief in the profoundly transformational effects of the development of civilization on human nature, which Rousseau claims other political philosophers had failed to grasp. Specifically, before the onset of civilization, according to Rousseau, natural man lived a contented, solitary life, naturally good and happy. It is only with the onset of civilization, Rousseau claims, that humans become social beings, and, concomitant with their civilization, natural man b ...
 
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We recently held a powerful conversation on intersectional and interconnected movement-building in collaboration with the Fight Inequality Alliance. It was our very first live podcast recording that many of you attended. This is your chance to catch up if you missed it or listen again, as there was much to reflect on! This conversation featured an …
 
A short message from us at the People vs Inequality Podcast to share with you an exciting event and live podcast recording we are hosting on the 25th of August. Together with the Fight Inequality Alliance we invite you to join: A conversation on intersectional movement-building. How are the climate and inequality movement coming together? What are …
 
This episode is about conspiracy theories and their relation to inequality. We talk about this with Elisa Sobo and Jaron Harambam, two scholars who have studied contemporary conspiracy theories in a range of domains, from vaccines, Covid-19 and Big Pharma, to theories that claim the moon is an abandoned spaceship brought here by reptilians who cont…
 
Migration has been a characteristic of societies for centuries. Humans have always migrated to either escape harsh lives, search for better ones, or both. Continuing immigration flows and increasing diversity in many societies have led to more complex processes of belonging and integration, as well as the emergence of cross-border engagements of mi…
 
“Sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith.” Our fourth and last episode on emergent agency is a story of a family-initiated spontaneous response to the hardships the pandemic and lockdowns brought upon urban-poor mothers. Veggies for Good is a social enterprise that started from a basketball court sale, then moved online, directly linking fa…
 
In this first episode of the special Culture & Inequality x IMISCOE The Migration Podcast trilogy, we discuss the linkages between migration and music. For centuries, music has been a powerful source of individual and social well-being, something which studies from psychology to sociology to medicine continue to demonstrate. As people migrated, mus…
 
Accountability is one of those words often used but too little practised. How to make it practical and deliver for people, especially in times of crisis and lockdown when it is literally about life and death? In the third episode of the Emergent Agency series, we speak to Narayan Adhikari. Narayan is the co-founder and lead for the Nepal Accountabi…
 
In this short summary episode we hear how social movements in Argentina saved lives during the pandemic and how women from poor neighbourhoods are organizing for their rights. We speak to Francisco Longa, and reflect on the work of Dina Sanchez whom we heard from in the Spanish Episode Two of this series. So for all you English speaking listeners, …
 
En un momento histórico de crisis y cambios rápidos, este podcast es un espacio para reflexionar y aprender con los agentes de cambio, sobre cómo abordar la desigualdad y la injusticia. Este es el primer episodio en español, y forma parte de una serie especial llamada ‘agencia emergente en tiempo de Covid’. Después de dos años de pandemia queremos …
 
In this first episode of our special series on Emergent Agency in a Time of Covid we dive into the story of Roseline Orwa. Roseline is an award-winning advocate for widows. She is the founder of the Rona Foundation, supporting and championing the rights of widows across Kenya. We hear how widows, who have long faced discrimination and abuse in rura…
 
As an epidemiologist and a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health, Kate Pickett’s work focuses on the social determinants of health. Throughout her career, Kate has been studying the impact of variables such as inequality, social class and neighbourhood contexts on people’s health and development. Her findings led her to become an activist for e…
 
During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we will be hosting a series of special episodes on the cultural aspects of war. New events like war crequire meaning making, new icons, symbols, ideas to make sense of what is going on in life. But war also suppresse culture as some things cannot be said anymore or have dangerous consequences. We dive into th…
 
In this fifth and final episode of the series on climate justice, we look back on what we have heard and discuss what’s next for climate justice movements. We are joined by not one, but two, climate justice power houses and ask them where we are at and what action is most needed today. Tasneem Essop is the director of CAN I’nal, one of the biggest …
 
Danny Sriskandarajah is the CEO of Oxfam GB, one of the 21 affiliates to the non-governmental organisation Oxfam International, which works in 90 countries around the world. Oxfam consistently focuses on fighting injustice and ending poverty. In its approach, Oxfam has historically highlighted systemic inequalities and the shortfalls of the current…
 
In 2015, 1500 activists blocked a brown coal mine in West Germany. It was the start of one of the most radical and effective European movements using peaceful civil disobedience and direct action for climate justice. Last year the art exhibition ‘People Powered Movement vs Shell’ showed decades of resistance to the injustices of an oil giant. Chihi…
 
How can we get urgent climate action that is also just? In this episode we hear from long standing Indigenous defender Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on why we need to put indigenous perspectives central in tackling climate change and what that means for climate justice. From mobilizing her own community in the Philippines against destructive dams and dicta…
 
In this episode: We introduce a virtual symposium of academics, students and practitioners who believe inequality is the issue of our time. We draw expert opinions of those from King’s College London, the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney. Inequality is a compelling problem that shows us the urgent need to find a solution thro…
 
In this episode: This dialogue transitions from establishing shared understandings of inequality to evaluating the ascent of finance in contemporary life. Specifically, the role that assets and debts play in shaping the contours of who is at risk of experiencing inequality. We ask what is new about contemporary inequality and what has changed in th…
 
In this episode we learn inequality is not just a personal experience of extreme poverty or exorbitant wealth, there are wider effects of inequality on political stability and social cohesion. What starts in the economy as income and wealth inequality radiate through society and politics in ways that generate polarization. We examine more closely t…
 
In this second episode of our climate justice series, we explore what the growing strategic litigation movement can mean for climate justice. We speak to Tessa Khan, a leading environmental and human rights lawyer who played an important role in winning landmark court cases, won the 2018 Climate Breakthrough Award and recently set up a new NGO call…
 
The term inequality refers to a lack of equality between different groups within society, and asks whether it is just? For many, inequality is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century because it erodes prosperity and destabilizes society. Many of us can recognize inequities whether about race, gender, climate, or the histo…
 
How can we get urgent climate action that is also just? This is the question we explore in Series Two of the People vs Inequality podcast, learning from the stories of change-makers that are turning the tide for climate justice. We are kicking off with one of the most inspiring climate activists of today. Elizabeth Wathuti shows that youth climate …
 
Quality education is essential for every community to flourish. In too many countries, however, access to this crucial asset is still unequal among the different groups located across the wealth spectrum. As a result, countries are failing to develop and leverage their full talent potential, and preclude their citizens from thriving in the society …
 
In this fourth and last episode of Series One we try to answer the question this all started with: Women’s economic justice - how can we make Covid-19 the game changer we so desperately need? What are some of the lessons and the opportunities or pockets of hope to build upon? We reflect back on the stories of Elizabeth, Emilia and Anuradha in the f…
 
Race is a pervasive and omnipresent dimension of inequality, both within societies and at a global scale. Yet it is the one dimension that is most difficult to talk about. Even the word itself, race, is fraught. How to use the concept of race? How is race done in practice? And how does it create and perpetuate social inequalities? We talk about thi…
 
Perceptions of wealth inequality can differ widely, depending upon one’s place on the wealth spectrum. Such disconnect puts us at risk of further social disunion. In this third Wealth Inequality Initiative podcast, Professor Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser shares the results of his latest research on Chilean elites’ perceptions of inequality. Cristóbal…
 
As the pandemic hit, many social change actors tried to figure out how to best support those most affected. In this episode we speak to a funder, and not just any funder! Meet Anuradha Rajan, Executive Director of the South Asia Women Foundation India. India’s only women’s fund supports local movement building for women’s and trans people’s rights …
 
Feminists from the Global South are coming together to shift power and transform the global economy. In this episode we speak to global campaigner and ‘technical activist’ Emilia Reyes, who is not afraid to address the fundamental imbalances in global decision-making and economic policies. Why is this so important from a women’s rights perspective?…
 
Did you know domestic workers, most of them women and many migrants, were among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis? The lack of protection and people ignoring their plight meant they lost more jobs and work hours than any other sector. But they are organizing and standing up for their rights and a caring economy - something that could benefit a…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Hartmut Rosa, one of today’s ‘big thinkers’ in sociology, to talk about his work on the concept of resonance and how it relates to inequalities. After becoming popular in Germany, his work is now gaining ground in anglophone sociology too. But what does resonance mean? What is a sociology of the good life? And how …
 
Welcome to the People vs Inequality Podcast. In this introduction episode host Barbara van Paassen explains the ideas behind the podcast. Join us on our journey to reflect and learn with changemakers on how to fight inequality. In this time of crisis and fast change we explore new strategies and insights to turn the tide and shift power for a more …
 
Can architecture tackle Wealth Inequality? The academic in architecture and best-selling novelist Lesley Lokko thinks so. In this Wealth inequality Initiative podcast, she shares her experience and her new aspirations with the African Futures Institute (AFI) in Accra, Ghana. Find out more on www.wealth-inequality.net…
 
Thuli Madonsela has been dedicating her life to advance social justice in South Africa, the country ranking 1st for inequality worldwide.In the 1st Wealth Inequality Initiative podcast, Thuli Madonsela comments on the situation of wealth inequality in South Africa, her recommendations to her students for effective change and the most urgent issues …
 
In this episode, we talk with prof. dr. Ashley Mears (Boston University) and dr. Anne Monier (ESSEC Paris) about gender and the body in contemporary elites. Both sociologists have done extensive ethnographic research on elites – respectively the global VIP party circuit, and the Philantropic scene of the 'American friends' of French cultural instit…
 
It’s all wealth, social mobility and class ceilings in this week’s episode as we ask ourselves: How does social mobility work, and why does it matter for culture and inequality?Dave O’Brien talks with Maren Toft (Uni Oslo) and Sam Friedman (LSE) about parental wealth, cultural matching, the class ceiling and labour market outcomes. How does the ban…
 
Welcome back to our new season! It is Oscar season, and we thus watch last year's Best Picture winner Parasite, together with Ricky Changwook Kim (Handong Global University) and Dan Hassler-Forest (Utrecht University). What does this movie tells us about the link between culture and inequalities? Are these links and inequalities culturally specific…
 
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