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Sociological perspectives on the challenges of inequality: Researching racial justice and taxation

1st Mar 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR) and the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town are excited to host Prof. Mike Savage as the speaker at next week’s seminar.

About the Seminar
Prof. Savage will introduce themes from his recent book, The Return of Inequality: Social change and the weight of the past, regarding the centrality of wealth accumulation as a key feature of the intensification of inequality during recent decades. Because wealth accumulation is a long-term process which takes place over long historical periods, he will draw out how this entails a renewal of older historical dynamics which have been assumed to be ‘left behind’ by modernisation. He will discuss this in concrete terms by considering the significance of migration flows associated with the British empire. He will empirically flesh out this argument drawing on his collaborative study of British ‘non-domiciled’ taxpayers, i.e. British residents who claim on their tax returns that their ‘permanent home’ is a different country. This study demonstrates the significance of migration flows in shaping inequality in the UK.

About the speaker
Mike Savage is the Martin White Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a former director of the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute, one of the world’s premier centres for the study of inequality. Read full bio.

To maximise the opportunity to engage with Prof Savage, we strongly encourage in-person attendance.

For catering purposes, kindly RSVP to saldru@uct.ac.za

Lunch Time:12:30, light lunch to be served in the School of Economics staff lounge, Middle Campus

For virtual attendance, register here


1st Mar 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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UCT School of Economics, 4th Floor Seminar Room
UCT Middle Campus
Cape Town, Western Cape 7700 South Africa
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