English title: Where do we stand on inequality?

Author(s): Stephen McKay -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2010


This article reviews and extends existing research on levels of income inequality and of intergenerational social mobility in the UK. Whilst there continues to be widespread concern about inequality of incomes, this is declining and focused mostly on higher earners – there appears to be less public concern about any injustice in terms of the numbers on lower incomes. Recent research on social mobility has been influential and may be one means of focusing attention on the effects of a widening income distribution. Even so, such research could do more to highlight the differences in outcomes based on personal characteristics (e.g. disability and ethnic minority background) as well as parental characteristics. Overall it is argued that an egalitarian agenda faces considerable challenges in the UK.

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

From page no: 19

To page no: 33

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

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