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Gendered Inequalities and Classism in Europe
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

European statistics show that there is a steadily growing gap between rich and poor people causing social and political problems. At the same time slogans such as “we all are middle class” and the general individualization tendency pretend a pseudo-liberal space for societal and economic participation which is for many people rather a myth, in particular for women and minorities (Hanappi & Hanappi-Egger, 2012). Diversity studies so far focused on social categories and therefore along with the EU Anti-Discrimination Guideline on marginalization and exclusion based on gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation and religion. Class and inequality have been widely ignored as hot topics in diversity studies in Europe. This was in particular a critique of feminist researchers referring to the meaning of intersectional discrimination and the gendered nature of inequality. Acker (2000) states that social class has been overlooked by organizational studies and has to be included in research combined with other diversity dimensions. She furthers that research on the class structure in a particular country will be mirrored by the structures found in organizations.The Jean Monnet Chair "Gendered Inequalities and Classism in Europe" will represent this urgent and mostly ignored topic in research, teaching and knoweldge transer. Since business schools are often critizised not to react on the current economic crisis with respect to revising their educational programs, the proposed chair is an important step to take these critiques serious and to establish new courses on the subjects of inequality related to class and gender. Therefore, the project aims to develop course work and teaching material tackling the issues of inequalities and its gender dimensions in Europe. By doing so it can be ensured that students and young faculty members gain knowledge on inequality dynamics and learn how to develop more just and fair access to economic welfare.
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