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Relational Inequalities : An Organizational Approach, Hardback Book


Organizations are the dominant social invention for generating resources and distributing them.

Relational Inequalities develops a general sociological and organizational analysis of inequality, exploring the processes that generate inequalities in access to respect, resources, and rewards.

Framing their analysis through a relational account of social and economic life, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Dustin Avent-Holt explain how resources are generated anddistributed both within and between organizations.

They show that inequalities are produced through generic processes that occur in all social relationships: categorization and their resulting status hierarchies, organizational resource pooling, exploitation, social closure, and claims-making.

Drawing on a widerange of case studies, Tomaskovic-Devey and Avent-Holt focus on the workplace as the primary organization for generating inequality and provide a series of global goals to advance both a comparative organizational research model and to challenge troubling inequalities.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social theory
  • ISBN: 9780190624422



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