: International Conference: "But Some are More Equal than Others". Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Growing Inequality and the Need for Solidarity

Veranstalter: Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
Ort: online
vom: 15.07.2021, 13:30 Uhr
bis: 17.07.2021, 13:15 Uhr

What are specific forms of social and economic inequality? What are the consequences of inequality? And can inequality be overcome by solidarity? At the academic conference we want to discuss these questions with PhD-students of all thirteen scholarship foundations and together we want to search for unconventional solutions beyond well-trodden paths.

Inequality is arguably one of the main societal problems of the 21st century that can severely threaten the cohesion of a society (Kronauer 2007). The conference aims to examine inequality in its various dimensions. Economic inequality, i.e. income and wealth distribution, will be a topic of discussion as well as societal inequality, as seen in discussions surrounding education, age, ethnicity/nationality, precarity, poverty, (dis-)abilities and gender (Kleven, Landais, Søgaard, 2018; Ludwig-Mayerhofer, 2012; Geißler, 2014).

In addition to examining various manifestations of inequality, we will ask, if solidarity can help solve problems of inequality. Solidarity is increasingly seen as an ideal that can guide social cohesion. It can be understood as a way of balancing individual and collective interests, entailing obligations for members of societies towards each other. But how to understand solidarity? This conference will offer possibilities of discussing different understandings of solidarity and the pitfalls associated with them, for example the danger of marginalizing people.

The conference is organized by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin. The programme of the Scientific Conference of the PhD-students was developed by PhD-students of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, Mattis Beckmannshagen, Rick Glaubitz, Christine Körner, Marie Wachinger and Max Longmuir, Members of the Graduate College “Tax and Social Policy by Increasing Inequality” (PK 36), sponsored by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation.

Programm (pdf)

Dr. Jens-Becker[at]boeckler.de

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