Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

15 p.

Publication Date

2015

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Source Publication

Cambridge Journal of Economics

Source ISSN

0309-166X

Abstract

Stratification economics represents an important new approach devoted to explaining economic inequality in terms of how social groups are separated or stratified along economic lines. This paper combines stratification economics with identity economics to address complications that the phenomenon of intersectionality – people having multiple social group identities – creates for stratification economics. It distinguishes two types of social identities recognized by social psychologists, categorical and relational social identities, and uses this distinction to explain how individuals’ personal identities, understood as ordered sets of social identities, can be seen to be both socially and self-constructed. Individuals order and rank their categorical social identities according to weights they assign to them in interactive social settings in which their role-based relational social identities combine different categorical social identities. Recent research in social psychology in the stigma identity threat literature is then reviewed to distinguish two different ways in which individuals respond to others’ stigmatization of their social groups in interactive settings. The paper argues that individuals respond to stigma by assigning weights to their categorical social group identities in ways that reflect both functional power relationships and stigmatization in a way that on balance tend to reinforce social stratification.

Comments

Accepted version. Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 39, No. 5 (2015): 1215-1229. DOI. © Oxford University Press 2015. Used with permission.

Included in

Economics Commons

Share

COinS