Theoretical-Methodological Elements for Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities in Life Courses

Joan Miquel Verd, Leticia Muñiz*

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Social inequalities are one of the structural problem areas of Western capitalist societies, and are of particular relevance both in Europe and in Latin America. Sociological studies on the issue account for the complexity of the phenomenon by presenting their constitution and consolidation based on the analysis of institutional and subjective aspects, which include the particularities, on the one hand, of the socio-economic systems of countries and regions; and, on the other hand, the representations, dispositions and actions deployed by individuals in order to deal with and live in an unequal world. This chapter forms part of these discussions on social inequalities by developing a theoretical-methodological analysis that helps to generate critical views of the phenomenon in a context in which there is a need to design public policies that will foster equality. In particular, social inequalities are studied from the perspective of life courses, which involves multidimensional analyses over time; and a theoretical-methodological model that deepens our current knowledge of the Comparative Biographical Perspective is developed. In order to show how this approach can be used empirically, we then present an analysis of the career paths of workers with different levels of education in Argentina and Spain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities between Europe and Latin America
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9783030484422
ISBN (Print)9783030484415
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Argentina
  • Comparative biographical perspective
  • Life course
  • Social inequalities
  • Spain
  • Theoretical-methodological model


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