Inequality is a coin that cannot be understood by studying only one of its faces. In the preface to this volume, besides critically interrogating poverty, Williams asks what qualitative questions should we be asking about the rich?
In the introduction to this edited volume, Higgins and Burgum outline the unique structure of the contributing chapters, which are organised as a series of oppositions between research focused on the ‘elite’ and the ‘marginalised’, with the intention of bringing these research agendas together. The book is organised into three parts, structured around three overlapping understandings of inequality as (1) contingent, (2) situated and (3) interrelated. Each part is made up of paired chapters illuminating a common theme, including housing, urban design, place-making, the state, cultures of inequality and transnational mobility. This collection hopes to raise questions about the role of the social sciences, and to act as a springboard for future research on social and spatial inequalities.