Inequality: Against Obscurantism

6 July 2017, 16:45 - 18:15

SG1, Alison Richard Building

This lecture will be given by Professor Sanjay Reddy (The New School for Social Research).


The magnitude and significance of economic inequalities is obscured by diverse mechanisms in society. As a result, assessment of the most consequential inequalities often involves considerable detective work, even when social scientists address themselves to the problem. However, social scientists have often also failed in their responsibility to do so. The post-second-world-war history of the concern with inequality within the discipline of economics provides a telling example. Historians of social science must address the question of how and why willful blindness originates, and social scientists must find ways to combat it.



Dr. Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge)

Dr. Omar Khan (Director, Runnymede Trust)


The talk will form part of the Measuring Matters: Histories of Assessing Inequality workshop (5-7 July 2017) at CRASSH.


This is a public event and is open to all, free of charge. No registration is required. 





Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the Ellen McArthur Fund (Faculty of History) and the Humanities Research Grants Scheme at the University of Cambridge, the Economic History Society, and the Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme.