Professor, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School.
Eight people now own as much wealth as the 3.6 billion people who constitute the poorer 50% of humanity. How did we get here? Who made this happen? These are among the main empirical questions motivating Brooke Harrington’s research on offshore finance and wealth management.
Theoretically, the lecture will suggest several new directions for sociology and political economy. First, it will explain why wealth—rather than income—should be central in the study of inequality. Second, it will argue that offshore finance and the wealth management profession are provoking a reconfiguration of state power relative to global economic elites. Finally, the lecture will propose that stratification research can learn from anthropology in terms of theories as well as methods. Specifically, it will discuss how closely-observed studies of agency and relationality can reveal aspects of inequality obscured by structural and statistical approaches.
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