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In a time of crisis and fast change, this podcast is a space to reflect and learn with change-makers working to tackle inequalities and injustice. We hear about the choices they make, the approaches they take, the obstacles they face and their hopes and dreams in making real change happen. As massive inequalities are threatening our societies and planet, join us to find out how to use this moment to turn the tide and shift power for a more just and equal world.
 
How does culture feed into inequality? And the other way around? In Culture and Inequality, cultural sociologists from universities across the world explore these topics in-depth from various perspectives on the basis of academic readings. While this podcast is primarily intended as a course module for advanced students in sociology, it certainly offers interesting insights to a more general audience too.
 
Designed by the Julius Baer Foundation, the Wealth Inequality Initiative aims to shed light on the global challenge of wealth disparities. It connects worldwide key players and experts to awaken interest, circulate knowledge, mobilise stakeholders and drive action against wealth inequality. The Wealth Inequality Initiative Podcast Series features inspirational and influential personalities, including experts of wealth inequality. Christoph Schmocker, CEO of the Julius Baer Foundation, or Dr. ...
 
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Inequality Talks

Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Aarhus

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Inequality Talks is a podcast from the Economic (In)Equality volunteer group at Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Aarhus. Through discussion, debate, and interview, each episode explores a different economic concept or policy idea, offering a brief overview for the uninitiated before diving into the complexities of what a given idea could mean, what it might look like in practice, and what all this economics talk has to do with inequality in the first place. This project has been supported by: 'Den ...
 
Interviews with top scholars in public health, sociology, childhood development and more - created during production of the acclaimed documentary UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? - are now available as edited podcasts. UNNATURAL CAUSES is a series about health, but it's not about doctors or drugs. Instead, the film crisscrosses the country to find stories and evidence of the underlying social conditions that shape who gets sick in the first place. Produced by California Newsre ...
 
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is unprecedented. The nomination process and ongoing campaigns revealed the complexities of identity and its role in uniting and dividing the country. This course explores how issues of race, class, gender have shaped the candidates, campaigns, and our society. Our analysis spans the presidential race from the announcements of more than ten presidential hopefuls to the current competition.
 
This work presents Rousseau’s belief in the profoundly transformational effects of the development of civilization on human nature, which Rousseau claims other political philosophers had failed to grasp. Specifically, before the onset of civilization, according to Rousseau, natural man lived a contented, solitary life, naturally good and happy. It is only with the onset of civilization, Rousseau claims, that humans become social beings, and, concomitant with their civilization, natural man b ...
 
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How can we get urgent climate action that is also just? This is the question we explore in Series Two of the People vs Inequality podcast, learning from the stories of change-makers that are turning the tide for climate justice. We are kicking off with one of the most inspiring climate activists of today. Elizabeth Wathuti shows that youth climate …
 
Quality education is essential for every community to flourish. In too many countries, however, access to this crucial asset is still unequal among the different groups located across the wealth spectrum. As a result, countries are failing to develop and leverage their full talent potential, and preclude their citizens from thriving in the society …
 
In this fourth and last episode of Series One we try to answer the question this all started with: Women’s economic justice - how can we make Covid-19 the game changer we so desperately need? What are some of the lessons and the opportunities or pockets of hope to build upon? We reflect back on the stories of Elizabeth, Emilia and Anuradha in the f…
 
Race is a pervasive and omnipresent dimension of inequality, both within societies and at a global scale. Yet it is the one dimension that is most difficult to talk about. Even the word itself, race, is fraught. How to use the concept of race? How is race done in practice? And how does it create and perpetuate social inequalities? We talk about thi…
 
In this episode, Chris Bay interviews politician and author Pelle Dragsted about his new book, Nordisk Socialisme (Nordic Socialism), and the ideas and questions it poses: on what we can learn from the economic alternatives that already exist in our societies, on the political dangers of the increasing concentration of wealth, on the need for new e…
 
Perceptions of wealth inequality can differ widely, depending upon one’s place on the wealth spectrum. Such disconnect puts us at risk of further social disunion. In this third Wealth Inequality Initiative podcast, Professor Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser shares the results of his latest research on Chilean elites’ perceptions of inequality. Cristóbal…
 
As the pandemic hit, many social change actors tried to figure out how to best support those most affected. In this episode we speak to a funder, and not just any funder! Meet Anuradha Rajan, Executive Director of the South Asia Women Foundation India. India’s only women’s fund supports local movement building for women’s and trans people’s rights …
 
Feminists from the Global South are coming together to shift power and transform the global economy. In this episode we speak to global campaigner and ‘technical activist’ Emilia Reyes, who is not afraid to address the fundamental imbalances in global decision-making and economic policies. Why is this so important from a women’s rights perspective?…
 
Did you know domestic workers, most of them women and many migrants, were among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis? The lack of protection and people ignoring their plight meant they lost more jobs and work hours than any other sector. But they are organizing and standing up for their rights and a caring economy - something that could benefit a…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Hartmut Rosa, one of today’s ‘big thinkers’ in sociology, to talk about his work on the concept of resonance and how it relates to inequalities. After becoming popular in Germany, his work is now gaining ground in anglophone sociology too. But what does resonance mean? What is a sociology of the good life? And how …
 
Welcome to the People vs Inequality Podcast. In this introduction episode host Barbara van Paassen explains the ideas behind the podcast. Join us on our journey to reflect and learn with changemakers on how to fight inequality. In this time of crisis and fast change we explore new strategies and insights to turn the tide and shift power for a more …
 
In this episode, Adam, Elise, Virginia, and Sebastien discuss the concept of a wealth tax, an idea with a long and storied history that has gained new relevance in an era of increasingly vast wealth inequality. The discussion covers the surprising prevalence of wealth taxes throughout history, the different ways such a tax can be implemented, and t…
 
Can architecture tackle Wealth Inequality? The academic in architecture and best-selling novelist Lesley Lokko thinks so. In this Wealth inequality Initiative podcast, she shares her experience and her new aspirations with the African Futures Institute (AFI) in Accra, Ghana. Find out more on www.wealth-inequality.net…
 
Thuli Madonsela has been dedicating her life to advance social justice in South Africa, the country ranking 1st for inequality worldwide.In the 1st Wealth Inequality Initiative podcast, Thuli Madonsela comments on the situation of wealth inequality in South Africa, her recommendations to her students for effective change and the most urgent issues …
 
In this episode, Helena interviews Line Skovlund Larsen on her thesis “Climate Blame Below The Glaciers - Challenges to climate justice in Peruvian Mountains and German Courts”. Through the very concrete example of a lawsuit by a Peruvian farmer against a German energy company, we discuss how lawsuits can be a tool in the fight for climate justice …
 
In this episode, we talk with prof. dr. Ashley Mears (Boston University) and dr. Anne Monier (ESSEC Paris) about gender and the body in contemporary elites. Both sociologists have done extensive ethnographic research on elites – respectively the global VIP party circuit, and the Philantropic scene of the 'American friends' of French cultural instit…
 
In this episode, Kirsi interviews Haya Termanini and Nadin Ziad Hussein about religion in feminism and Islam in Denmark. Haya is working at an architectural firm and comes from Syria, Nadin is studying intercultural studies at Aarhus University and is Danish/Palestinian. This episode goes deeper into the issue of white feminism and how it is exclus…
 
It’s all wealth, social mobility and class ceilings in this week’s episode as we ask ourselves: How does social mobility work, and why does it matter for culture and inequality?Dave O’Brien talks with Maren Toft (Uni Oslo) and Sam Friedman (LSE) about parental wealth, cultural matching, the class ceiling and labour market outcomes. How does the ban…
 
In this episode, Edvard interviews Lars Koch, Policy Director at Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke. Lars has spent almost two decades of his professional career working on the problem of tax havens and tax evasion, and in this interview we dive deep into what they are, how they work, and what needs to be done about them. The discussion covers the legality a…
 
Welcome back to our new season! It is Oscar season, and we thus watch last year's Best Picture winner Parasite, together with Ricky Changwook Kim (Handong Global University) and Dan Hassler-Forest (Utrecht University). What does this movie tells us about the link between culture and inequalities? Are these links and inequalities culturally specific…
 
In this episode, Elise interviews Halliki Kreinin on degrowth economics - an alternative school of economics which prioritizes the socio-ecological well-being of society and the planet over corporate profit, excessive consumption and over-production. We discuss how inequality is conceptualized within the framework of degrowth and how this conceptio…
 
In this episode there are two interviews on topic of the right to movement in Palestine. First, Thea Bissø speaks with Diala Isid, co-founder of the Right to Movement Palestine. Here they will be discussing this movements significance for Palestinians in general, and Palestinian women in particular. Second, Mads Dahl talks with Wisam Shweiki, globa…
 
In this episode, Adam joins Kirsi Tilk and Rebekah Baglini from the local MS Aarhus Feminist group to ask them about the pernicious and persistent problem of the gender pay gap. Their discussion delves into what it is, why it persists, why it is harmful, and what we might be able to do about it. This episode is brought to you in anticipation of the…
 
In this episode, Elise interviews Maybritt Hennig on precarious labor in the so-called online platform economy. Following an introduction into the world of online platform employment, we discuss its evolution through history and its current trends within the global labor market. May outlines the various legal, economic, and social forms of precario…
 
In this episode, Amanda, Adam, Elise, and Sebastien discuss collective ownership. The discussion delves into what ownership is, how property works, and how our current system has a number of harmful effects, before exploring alternative – collective – approaches to ownership, what they might do for equality, and how we might be able to implement th…
 
In the final episode for this semester, we look back and ahead and ask, where do we go from here? We approach this in two ways: where does the study of culture and inequality go from here? Based on our podcast, what is the direction for fruitful research? And what have been the missing links? Secondly, this is for a small part also a meta-podcast, …
 
This week, we turn the table and look at how non-sociologists, i.e. normal people believe about inequality. Giselinde speaks with dr. Jonathan Mijs (EUR/Harvard) and prof. dr. Magne Flemmen to dive deeper in the relation between rising inequalities, meritocratic beliefs, and egalitarianism. Inequalities are rising yet people seem to care increasing…
 
In this episode, Giselinde interviews dr. Predrag Cveticanin (University of Niš, Serbia) & dr. Yang Gao (Furman University, US) as we go beyond the bubble of Western-European, North-American cultural sociology. How does cultural distinction and social capital work in Serbia? Why do Chinese tv consumers love GossipGirl? How are post-socialist Serbia…
 
In this episode, dr. Julian Schaap (Erasmus University Rotterdam) talks to prof.dr. Jeroen van der Waal (EUR) and dr. Joost Oude Groeniger (EUR) about the relation between health inequalities and social and cultural inequalities. Negative health outcomes such as low life expectancy and disease prevalence are often linked to lower classes, usually f…
 
In this episode, Amanda and Elise discuss the socio-ecological critique of the modern work-centered society, and more specifically, how long working hours impacts health behavior. Elise presents the findings of her European analysis on the correlation between work-time and the frequency of physical exercise. Recorded by: Elise Andrew Edited by: Eli…
 
In this first episode, Amanda, Adam, and Sebastien discuss UBI, Universal (or Unconditional) Basic Income. The episode explores some common questions and criticisms around UBI, examining the diverse ways in which it might be implemented (and the radically different effects these would produce), and offering two very different takes on what UBI migh…
 
In this episode, Giselinde speaks with Bruno Cousin (assistant professor at SciencesPo Paris) and Sébastien Chauvin (associate prof at University of Lausanne) about the elite culture of what is popularly called 'the top 1 percent'. Based on their research on the French Caribbean luxury destination of St Barths, social clubs in Milan, and Ashley Mea…
 
While ‘canons’ of culture were dismantled decades ago by postmodern, postcolonial and feminist critics, evaluative judgements about ‘the best’ and ‘best ever’ continue unabated in the cultural field and in everyday life. We find examples of these judgements in the prizes and awards bestowed by powerful institutions but also in the relentless to and…
 
In this episode, dr. Julian Schaap (EUR)talks with dr. Jo Haynes (University of Bristol) on the role of race, ethnicity and gender in music. Of all forms of popular culture and art, popular music remains one of the primary platforms of identity formation. While music alledgedly ‘brings people together’ across various sociatal cleavag-es, in practic…
 
In this session, we are joined by dr. Simone Varriale from the University of Lincoln, UK. He introduces students to the ways in which key concepts from cultural sociology - such as cultural capital, habitus and symbolic boundaries - have been used in the study of international migration, with a focus on cultural and economic inequalities among mobi…
 
Why do cultural producers discriminate when they think they are open to novelty? Why is it so difficult for people of colour or lower class people to enter the cultural industries? And how can we study such processes of exclusion in the cultural industry when people are not aware of them and so adamantly reject that they discriminate? Dr Dave O'Bri…
 
On this episode Drs Laurie Hanquinet and Dave O’Brien discuss the sociology of cultural consumption. Cultural consumption matters in lots of different ways, from telling us about the value and meaning of cultural objects, through how people get access to jobs and professions, to underpinning power and inequality across entire societies! We discuss …
 
What happens when the boundaries of what counts as art shift in American museums such as the Met? And how do elites maintain power in the process of opening up the arts? Is Rockefeller a villain or a hero in this story? And what do we gain from looking at art to study the dynamics of culture and power? In this episode, Phillipa Chong, assistant pro…
 
In this first pilot episode, we discuss the core themes of the course: how do culture and inequality relate? This meeting will discuss why and how this has become such a central theme in sociology and other disciplines (notably cultural studies, anthropology), how this relation this been theorized in various theoretical traditions (notable field th…
 
In this episode, we go beyond the earlier classic approaches and discuss culture and inequality in the present age. How has cultural distinction changed in an era of globalization, democratization, and digitalization? Is the notion of cultural capital still relevant in a time when professors do karaoke rather than going to the opera? We dive into t…
 
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