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Grand Challenges - Social Inequality: Online Resources


Social inequality is one of the biggest problems facing Western society. Inequalities defined by gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and class hold back individuals and societies. 

This guide highlights a range of resources to explore these challenges.



Library Search

Library Search

Use Library Search to find social inequality related book and journal content from a range of full text resources.


You can search for broad topics like social inequality or social disparity and browse by date to see the latest  publications, or run more focused searches on themes of topic relating to these issues. 

Here are some sample topic searches. You could use these in Library Search or try some some of your own.

social inequality and race 

social inequality and gender

social inequality and class

inequality culture

inequality (tv or film)

transgender rights

economic poverty

social imbalance of power

You can also search for commentary on particular movements or people such as

"me too" movement

Sarah Everard

Harvey Weinstein

Top Tip! Refine your search results to online results only whilst you are researching away from the Library

News Sources

Issues around various aspects of social inequality are featured in news reporting.  You can explore some of the University's current newspaper services for up to date commentary on these issues


Research Databases

You have access to a wide range of databases at the University which will help you research various aspects of social inequality.  You can access all the databases from the A-Z list, but take a look at a few of the recommended databases below.

Recommended Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

You can use Google Scholar to quickly search across a broad range of scholarly literature. Use this sample search and then run some searches on other topics relevant to your challenge.

Use the Making the most of Google Scholar LibGuide for advice on running effective searches.

Video - How equal do we want the world to be?

Also take a look at ​​​​​​: TED Talk: Is inequality inevitable


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