Social Inequality Law & Legal Definition


Social inequality refers to the unequal social status of individuals or group in a given society. The possible areas of social inequality includes voting rights, freedom of speech and assembly, the extent of property rights and access to education, health care, quality housing and other social goods. Social inequality is linked to economic inequality, racial inequality and wealth inequality. However, economic and social inequalities are not class inequality. Class inequality means an inequality which is rooted in the structure of economic life, which represents different economic functions, and which is preserved and emphasized by the principal social and legal institutions of the period.