Social Inequalities

Person holding cardboard sign asking for help due to homelessness.

UB sociologists and students explore the causes and consequences of social inequalities in the U.S. and around the world. Through the examination of cultural ideologies and practices (such as gendered parenting and bodywork practices), gendered, raced, and classed social institutions (including law, medicine, science, the labor market, and the military), and the unequal distribution of social advantages and disadvantages (such as pollution, crime, and affordable housing), scholars in this field untangle the complex web of intersectional inequality that characterizes contemporary social life.