inequality

Inequality is the state of being or not having parity with others or, in common parlance, the inequitable dispersal of rights, resources and agency. Inequality works against the conditions of coevality. It is in fact a necessary and inevitable symptom of capitalism and all its hegemonic logics, which affect nearly every realm of social, political, and cultural life. It may take the shape of discrimination, based upon gender, sexuality, race, (dis)ability, and class, which is built into capitalist structures of opportunity. Opportunity is often spoken of as a condition in which “everyone makes their own destiny,” pushing the blame for inequality onto those who suffer within it.

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