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Emerging Realities

Workshop at Lund University

Workshop Rationale

Research on inequality has contributed to the existence of persisting inequalities by focusing on the wrong issues and by making the mechanisms of the production and reproduction of inequality invisible.  In fact, the social sciences are supposed to fulfill this task to some degree. This workshop addresses the problem by critically engaging with existing conceptual interpretations of inequality, highlighting their role in reproducing inequality and suggesting alternative conceptual approaches.

This Workshop focuses on revisiting commonly used, misused and even abused terminologies, and aims at defining them and rendering them relevant to current and future realities. The general field of concern falls within the vast area encompassed by globalization, democratization and the recurrent reproduction of institutional inequality. More specifically the workshop intends to concentrate upon concepts related to elites, practices of selection and recruitment, and ethos and classification — whereby social groups form having their own cultures, languages and customs.

Papers presented at the workshop for discussion are based on ongoing or published research that attempts to advance theoretical understanding of specific concepts. The invited presenters are each allotted a maximum of 15 minutes to will present salient points from their papers at the workshop along with the guiding question: What is needed in inequality research now? The speakers will address theoretical concepts selected from one of the following four categories:

1. Conceptualizing Emerging Realities
2. Conceptualizing Elites
3. Work Ethos and Classification
4. Practices of Selection and Recruitment



Thursday, 9th October 2014

09:30-09:50 Brief welcome addresses by the organizers, and practical information

09:50-10:40 First Session

  • Jesse Souza, Inequality in Capitalist Society (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)

10:40-11:00  Coffee break

11:00-12:15 Second Session: Conceptualizing Emerging Realities (1)

  • 11:00-11:15 Gilberto Antonelli and Giovanni Guidetti, Approaching the investigation of multi-dimensional inequality through the lenses of variety in models of capitalism (Bologna University, Italy)
  • 11:15-11:30 Adrian Beling, Buen vivir: Emergent discourse within or beyond sustainable development? (University Alberto Hurtado, Chile)
  • 11:30-12:15 Discussion

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-15:00  Third Session: Conceptualizing Emerging Realities (2)

  • 13:45-14:0 Riccardo Leoncini: Income Inequality, Technological Change and Institutional Factors (Bologna University, Italy) *Co-author: Ying Yi Tsai (National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
  • 14:00-14:15 Yoshimichi Sato, Social Class, Employment Status, and Social Inequality (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • 14:15-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Fourth Session: Conceptualizing Elites (1)

  • 15:30-15:45 Alejandro Pelfini, Conceptualizing Elites in Emerging Societies: the Dislocation of Habitus and Reflexivity (University Alberto Hurtado, Chile)
  • 15:45-16:00 Vincent Houben, Elite Cultures reconsidered: the case of Nusantara (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  • 16:00-16:15 Roger Greatrex, Elites, Inequalities and the Imperfect Society (Lund University, Sweden)
  • 16:15-17:00 Discussion

17:00-17:15 Closing remarks at the end of the first day


Friday, 10th October 2014

09:30-11:00 Fifth Session: Conceptualizing Elites (2)

  • 09:30-09:45 Surinder Jodhka, Business of Politics and Politics of Business: Dynamics of Elite Differentiation in Contemporary India (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
  • 09:45-10:00 Janina Myrczik, Elite Studies in India and the Difficulty of Conceptualizing the Business Elite (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)
  • 10:00-10:15 Surichai Wangaeo, Elite Change and Persistent Social Inequality in Thailand (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • 10:15-11:00 Discussion

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:45 Sixth Session: Work Ethos and Classification

  • 11:30-11:45 Boike Rehbein, Ethos and Class (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  • 11:45-12:00 Matthias Arnold, Sinus Milieus (Sinus Institute, Germany)
  • 12:00-12:45 Discussion

12:45-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:15 Seventh Session: Practices of Selection and Recruitment, and the Reproduction of Inequalities

  • 14:00-14:15 Kie Sanada, Determining the Mechanism of Fair Selection resulting in Persisting Social Inequality: A theoretical consideration on Fair Equality of Opportunity (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  • 14:15-14:30 Andrea Silva: Citizenship and Reproduction of Inequalities (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  • 14:30-15:15 Discussion

15:15-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Eighth Session: General Discussion and future plans  

15:30-16:00 Concluding remarks from Jesse Souza, Surinder Jodhka and Boike Rehbein

16:00-17:00 General discussion


Attendance at the workshop

Attendance at the workshop is open to anyone who is interested in the topics under discussion. Prior registration is necessary however since the number of places available is limited. Please contact Ms Kie Sanada at the following address: toki123 [dot] norwich [at] gmail [dot] com to register, and regarding all practical information regarding the workshop.

For any further information regarding the workshop, please contact the Director of the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Professor Roger Greatrex, by email at: roger [dot] greatrex [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se

Mandatory Reading

All the speakers and those attending the workshop are expected to have read the introductory paper: Inequality in Capitalist Society, which is available at

The paper explains the fundamental understanding of social inequality underlying the workshop. It will be very beneficial for the discussions at the workshop if everyone has read this paper in advance so that we share a common theoretical base for discussion.

9 October 2014 09:00 to 10 October 2014 17:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, Room Alfa 1010
roger.greatrex [at]

About the event

9 October 2014 09:00 to 10 October 2014 17:00
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, Room Alfa 1010
roger.greatrex [at]

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
Lund University
Sölvegatan 18 B, 223 62 Lund

Phone: +46 46 222 38 61
E-mail: info [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se