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Relational Inequalities: An Organizational Approach

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Dustin Avent-Holt


Relational Inequalities focuses on the organizational production of categorical inequalities, in the context of the intersectional complexity and institutional fluidity that characterize social life. Three generic inequality-generating mechanisms—exploitation, social closure, and claims-making—distribute organizational resources, rewards, and respect. The actual levels and contours of the inequalities produced by these three mechanisms are, however, profoundly contingent on the historical moments and institutional fields in which organizations operate. Organizational inequality regimes are com ... More

Keywords: relational models, organization, inequality regime, intersectionality, exploitation, social closure, claims-making, institution, status

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190624422
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190624422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, author
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dustin Avent-Holt, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work, Georgia Regents University