Handbook of Urban Geography
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Handbook of Urban Geography

Edited by Tim Schwanen and Ronald van Kempen

This collection brings together the latest thinking in urban geography. It provides a comprehensive overview of topical issues and draws on experiences from across the world. Chapters have been prepared by leading researchers in the field and cover themes as diverse as urban economies, inequalities and diversity, conflicts and politics, ecology and sustainability, and information technologies. The Handbook offers a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in cities and the urban in geography and across the wider social sciences.
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Chapter 16: Urban inequality

Chris Hamnett


Urban inequality has existed for as long as cities have existed, although the size, scale and form of inequalities will vary from time to time and place to place. Urban inequality has been a continuing concern for many social commentators, social scientists, politicians and policy makers. This chapter discusses key definitional issues with regard to urban inequality. It then goes on to reflect on its geographical scope, its forms and dimensions, including inequalities of resources, access and capabilities. It also covers underlying structural inequalities in terms of gender, race and ethnicity, and income and wealth. The chapter also analyses the role of the state and market in promoting or reducing inequality, including the impact of austerity policies.

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