Special Issue "Attitudes about Inequalities"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Liza G. Steele

State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase, USA
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Interests: Social policy preferences (preferences for redistribution), stratification/inequality, global/transnational sociology
Guest Editor
Dr. Nate Breznau

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
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Interests: welfare state, public opinion, social policy, institutions, immigration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, stratification by income and wealth has been increasing in many parts of the world. At the same time, inequalities by race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender, and sexuality have also been in flux. Research across disciplines suggests that attitudes and public opinion play diverse roles in these processes. Although we expect public opinion to be most salient in democracies, there are cases in democracies and non-democracies alike in which these changes have reflected changes in public opinion, and others in which policy changes have diverged notably from public opinion.

For this purpose, Societies invites manuscripts of original research that examine attitudes or public opinion about inequalities pertaining to socioeconomic status, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender, or sexuality, particularly as they pertain to social policies or the social welfare state. We welcome submissions using a variety of empirical methods. Regarding geographic scope, studies may be global, or specific to regions, nations, or sub-national areas; and we welcome comparative studies and those looking at changes over time.

Dr. Liza G. Steele
Dr. Nate Breznau
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Policy preferences
  • Social policy preferences
  • Preferences for redistribution
  • Stratification beliefs
  • Stratification/inequalities
  • Public opinion
  • Attitudes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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