Discrimination in an Unequal World

Paperback | September 3, 2010

EditorMiguel Angel Centeno, Katherine S. Newman

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Is globalization making our world more equal, or less? Proponents of globalization argue that it is helping and that in a competitive world, no one can afford to discriminate except on the basis of skills. Opponents counter that globalization does nothing but provide a meritocratic patina ona consistently unequal distribution of opportunity. Yet, despite the often deafening volume of the debate, there is surprisingly little empirical work available on the extent to which the process of globalization over the past quarter century has had any effect on discrimination.Tackling this challenge, Discrimination in an Unequal World explores the relationship between discrimination and unequal outcomes in the appropriate geographical and historical context. Noting how each society tends to see its particular version of discrimination as universal and obvious, theeditors expand their set of cases to include a broad variety of social relations and practices. However, since methods differ and are often designed for particular national circumstances, they set the much more ambitious and practical goal of establishing a base with which different forms ofdiscrimination across the world can be compared. Deriving from a broad array of methods, including statistical analyses, role-playing games, and audit studies, the book draws many important lessons on the new means by which the world creates social hierarchies, the democratization of inequality, andthe disappearance of traditional categories.

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Is globalization making our world more equal, or less? Proponents of globalization argue that it is helping and that in a competitive world, no one can afford to discriminate except on the basis of skills. Opponents counter that globalization does nothing but provide a meritocratic patina ona consistently unequal distribution of oppo...

Miguel Angel Centeno is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University. Katherine S. Newman is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart I: Studying Global Discrimination1. Miguel Angel Centeno: "Discrimination in an Unequal World"2. Thomas Weisskopf: "Reflections on Globalization, Discrimination, and Affirmative Action"3. Devah Pager: "Measuring Discrimination"Part II: Case Studies4. Jeremy Seekings: "Racial and Class Discrimination in Assessments of Desert in Post-Apartheid Cape Town"5. Justine Burns: "Race and Trust in a Segmented Society"6. Michael Cosser: "Race and Opportunity in the Transition from School to Higher Education in South Africa"7. Carlos Antonio Costa Ribeiro: "Class, race, and Social Mobility in Brazil"8. Kunihiro Kimura: "Trends of Sex Discrimination in Japan, 1965-2000: The Gender Gap in Wage and the 'Marriage Bar'"9. Koyo Miyoshi: "Male-Female Wage Differentials in Japan."10. Katherine Newman and Ashwini Deshpande: "Roadblocks at the High End: The Role of Caste in Post- University Employment"11. Katherine S. Newman and Surinder S. Jodhka: "The Language of Globalization: Meritocracy, Productivity and the Persistence of Caste-Based Stereotypes among Indian Employers"12. Paul Attewell, Sukhadeo Thorat: "Caste is not Past: The Persistence of Discrimination in India's Formal Labor Market"13. Paul Attewell and S. Madheswaran: "The Price of Globalization: Wage Penalties and Caste Inequality in Liberal India"