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Faces of inequality: a mixed methods approach to multidimensional inequalities

Bleynat, Ingrid and Segal, Paul (2021) Faces of inequality: a mixed methods approach to multidimensional inequalities. International Inequalities Institute Working Papers, 68. International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper presents a new mixed methods approach to measuring and understanding multidimensional inequalities, and applies it to new data for Mexico City. We incorporate quantitative and qualitative dimensions of inequality, integrating the concerns of both economists and sociologists. The method combines standard quantitative income gradients with two new ways of conceptualizing qualitative inequalities that relate to lived experiences, all based on the same underlying income distribution. First, we introduce the method of qualitative income gradients, or what we call inequalities of lived experience. These compare qualitative experiences in fields such as work, or health and education services, across the entire income distribution. Second, we describe lived experiences of inequality, which are experiences of social hierarchy, stigma, or domination, including those associated with categorical inequalities of gender or race. This portrayal of inequality combines the representativeness of quantitative approaches with the depth and nuance of qualitative analyses of lived experience and social relations.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 07:39
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:22

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