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What difference does it make, if any, both analytically and from a policy response perspective, when the basis for the type of social inequality is religious – that is, when one identifies with, or engages in the practices of, a particular faith-based community (or several, or none at all) as opposed to a particular nationality, racial, occupational, caste, gender or disability group? Why might it be especially difficult for religious inequality to be redressed by development ‘policy’? These questions could be answered in a number of ways, but in this chapter, I seek to do so by engaging briefly with four development policy domains within which the distinctive salience of ‘religion’ as a basis for durable inequality, becomes apparent, presenting unique challenges but also potentially unique opportunities.


Woolcock, Michael. "What Is Distinctive about Religious Inequality? Challenges and Opportunities for Development Policy." Poverty and Prejudice: Religious Inequality and the Struggle for Sustainable Development. Ed. Mariz Tadros, Philip Mader, and Kathryn Cheeseman. Bristol University Press, September 19, 2023, 171-178.