CALL FOR CHAPTERS - Income and Wealth Inequality

Rajendra Baikady PhD Announcement
Subject Fields
Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Public Policy, Teaching and Learning


Income and Wealth Inequality


Rajendra Baikady Ph.D., Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Jaroslaw Przeperski Ph.D., Director, Centre for Family Research, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland 


Sven E.O. Hort Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in Sociology, Schools of Social Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden.


Dear colleagues we invite you to take part in the largest editorial project on Inequality - Mapping Global Inequality - Major Reference Work Book Series being published by Springer Nature, United States.

The Series will include several volumes, but we will publish an individual call for contribution to each volume separately. In this call for contribution, we are particularly seeking authors for the volume on: Income and Wealth Inequality.

Inequality in different forms exists in all societies across the globe. However, since the beginning of industrialization, several countries across the globe are witnessing widening income and wealth inequality within and between different population groups. The further widening of the income and wealth gap, concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer people and a sharp increase in the number of poor people in many societies are posing real threats to achieving a just and equal society. Income and wealth inequality and the widening gap in income and wealth distribution among rich and poor exists in both advanced and developing economies. This increasing wealth and income inequality when left unchecked, may result in the following: reduced economic growth and stability; concentration of political and decision-making power in the hands of few people; lack of adequate and well-trained human resource; reduction in investment and reduced spending; and political, economic and social instability. Furthermore, high and sustained levels of inequality, especially related to income and wealth may lead to several other social problems in society. Deep-rooted and unmanaged inequality may lead to communal disharmony and social instability along with threat to human and animal life. Entrenched inequality of income and wealth may also significantly undermine individuals’ educational and occupational choices.  

This volume in the Mapping Global Inequalities series aims to explores income and wealth inequality and its impact on different sections of population in different societies across the globe. The principal aim of this volume is to map the distribution of income and wealth in different countries and among different sections of the society and see how unevenly they are distributed. We also aim to understand the impact and implications of unequal distribution of wealth and income on human development and on the educational and employment attainment of youth in different societies. We are looking forward to contributions that can examine the following questions in general and income and wealth inequality in particular:

  1. What do we know about income and wealth inequality (i.e., what is the definition and extent of income and wealth inequality)?
  2. Why does income and wealth inequality exist in a country and what are the consequences (i.e., root causes from micro, meso and to macro levels)?
  3. Is inequality a necessary evil?
  4. What do you notice in your country with regard to income and wealth inequality?
  5. Why is rising income and wealth inequality a concern?
  6. What impact does this have on you and your community?

We welcome contributions that include but are not limited to: (1) defining income  and wealth inequality in different contexts; (2) contemporary theories of income and wealth inequality; (3) different forms of income and wealth inequality; (4) measuring income and wealth inequality; (5) impact of income and wealth inequality on different sections of society i.e., youth, women, children, disabled, elderly, and other marginalized sections; (6) impact of income and wealth inequality on economic development; (7) crime, social deviance and income inequality; (8) governance, corruption and wealth inequality; (9) income, wealth inequality and poverty in various countries; and (10) Sustainable Development Goals and Income inequality.

The goal is to gather the best possible contributions in the respective areas and make this a truly global reference work. There will be a minimum of 40 chapters from at least 30 countries in this and every other volume in the series discussing various aspects of inequality in different socio-political and economic contexts, thus providing a valuable source for researchers, academics and policy makers at both local and global levels.  Each of the Mapping Global Inequality volumes will also include chapters on cross-country comparison to provide an understanding of similarities and differences in many aspects of inequality across different regions. Additionally, an exclusive and extensive introductory chapter with an overview of the volume, its scope and comparative understanding of all the contributions will be covered in this and every other volume.

Structure of the Volume:

Level of Your Contribution: Our aim is to provide an accessible and exciting handbook for specialists, academics, advanced students, and readers who are familiar with the field as well as those from other related disciplines.

We expect the size of each chapter to be about 8000-10,000 words (including the reference list). We are inviting chapters that are critical summaries/synopses (Tertiary literature) rather than original research reports.

We are accepting contributions on a rolling basis and the writing and reviewing stage is scheduled to take place until approximately July 2024 and final proofing between then and the end of the year. The sooner you submit your chapter the sooner it will be published online and become citable. Contributions to all the volumes in this series are peer-reviewed. 

Online-First Publication of Chapters: Once the production and proofing loop is completed, the chapter will be published online-first on Springer Nature's online publication webpage, At that stage the article will be DOI citable. You will also be able to access it via your chapter page on METEOR. As an author of this project, you can also access via METEOR all other Springer Nature References published online.

Please keep in mind: the faster you send in your manuscript, the sooner it will be published and become citable.

Print Publication: The print publication of the volume you contribute to will be finalized once the last chapter of the volume has been reviewed and gone through the production workflow.

Online Update of Chapters: One copy of the published version of your chapter is re-ingested to METEOR for further updates. The chapter opens up for updates again in METEOR and the status of your chapter changes to ‘Open for Submission’. At this time, you can upload fresh or updated files, if you wish. The updated and approved chapter will be published as a new version in the living reference version of this project.  Editors and authors can submit updates to articles at the pace of science advancement.   On behalf of the Editors at Palgrave/Springer Nature, we thank you for your contributions. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have.

Interested authors should kindly send a 250-word abstract and author bio by 25th May, 2022 to Dr. Rajendra Baikady ( Please indicate in the subject header - Income and Wealth Inequality: Chapter proposal. The editorial team members will evaluate the submitted abstract on a rolling basis and notify the authors along with full chapter submission guidelines.

Qualifications: We recommend that academic authors have, be supervised by, or in pursuit of their PhD, whereas non-academic professionals should have at least 3 years of experience in the field.

Full chapter submission Schedule: 

November 25, 2022

June 25, 2023

November 25, 2023

June 25, 2024

Contact Information

Rajendra Baikady Ph.D., Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


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