The Welfare State Sociology About Inequality

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 3:45 PM
Room: Booth 56
Oral Presentation
Mariusz BARANOWSKI , Department of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
If sociology is unthinkable without the subject of power and property (Marx, Weber, Simmel and others), then the issue of inequality seems to be inherent in the structural conditions for the existence of the sociology as science. This is because both the power and property are characterized by asymmetric access, which consequently creates social division (and thus social inequality). This in turn necessitates a comprehensive conceptualization of the problem of inequality, as it is a multi-faceted phenomenon and indexed differently in the context of theoretical and ideological approaches. The proposed paper draws attention to – the above all – the need to articulate the welfare state sociology (Baranowski 2013), which would be a counterweight to the economic and political inequalities shots. Describing the concept of inequality in the context of the polemics of political science and economic dimensions of analysis, particular attention will be paid to the structural dimension of inequality and the so-called “new forms” of inequality (Fitoussi and Rosanvallon 1998). Particular reference will be determined by the issue of (political) power and (economic) ownership, which issues will have been a major redefinition of certain economic and political science approaches on the problem of inequality (the functionalist and conflict theory will be a very topical issue).