SASE Miniconference on Inequality in Organizations

OOW members are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts for the SASE (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics) Mini-Conference “Prospects of Equality Within and Across Organizations” organized by Nina Bandelj, Andrew Penner and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey during the SASE Annual meeting in Kyoto, Japan, June 23-25, 2018.

Deadline for submission: *January 29, 2018*
Submit online at following these instructions:

This mini-conference links to the theme of the conference, “Global Reordering: Prospects for Equality, Democracy and Justice,” by zeroing in on the growing literature on inequality within and across organizational settings. What are organizational conditions that produce more or less equality? Most studies of inequality focus on the national distribution of income across households or earners, but neglect the organizational production and distribution of respect and rewards, which generate more or less within organizational inequality. Few studies can also leverage comparison across country cases and over time to examine the levels and trends in equality/inequality within and across
organizations, and how those are impacted by national institutional contexts, and broader trends of financialization and globalization.

We are open to any papers that stress the central role of organizational processes, the relative power and status of actors, and institutional contexts in the generation of inequality. We are particularly interested in relational inequality approaches, but are open to other perspectives.

All methodological approaches are welcome and we hope to highlight the
complementarity of ethnographic, historical, and quantitative approaches to inequality dynamics. We are particularly interested in papers that are comparative across organizations, countries or time. Papers using longitudinal linked employer-employee data are especially encouraged.

The eventual organization of sessions will reflect the papers submitted, but potential sessions topics might include:

  • The juncture of interaction and organizational practices in the
    production of inequalities
  • Institutional influences on organizational inequality regimes
  • Citizenship, gender, race/ethnicity, and class intersections in organizational context
  • The production and distribution of economic value in workplaces
  • The role of organizational inequality in national inequality trends
  • Relational inequality theorizing


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