Disinherited majority

disinheritedThomas Piketty’s blockbuster 2014 book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, opened a new conversation not only about inequality, but about class, capitalism and social justice. In Disinherited Majority: Capital Questions-Piketty and Beyond (Routledge, 2015), BC sociologist Charles Derber shows that there are ‘two Pikettys’ – different voices of the author on the 1%, inheritance, and capitalism itself – that create a fascinating and unacknowledged hidden debate and conversation within the book. Drawing on Piketty’s discussion, Derber raises 14 ‘capital questions’ – with new perspectives on caste and class warfare, the Great Recession, the decline of the American Dream and the Occupy movement – that can guide a new conversation about the past and future of capitalism.

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