Handbook of Urban Segregation
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Handbook of Urban Segregation

Edited by Sako Musterd

The Handbook of Urban Segregation scrutinises key debates on spatial inequality in cities across the globe. It engages with multiple domains, including residential places, public spaces and the field of education. In addition it tackles crucial group-dimensions across race, class and culture as well as age groups, the urban rich, middle class, and gentrified households. This timely Handbook provides a key contribution to understanding what urban segregation is about, why it has developed, what its consequences are and how it is measured, conceptualised and framed.
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Chapter 19: Vertical social differentiation as segregation in spatial proximity

Thomas Maloutas


Segregation – following the model of the expansive American metropolis – is usually understood as the unequal spatial distribution of class and/or ethnic groups, which leads to forming neighbourhoods with different socioeconomic and/or ethnic profiles. In most other parts of the world, however, cities have evolved in much more compact ways and this has considerably affected the ways their space has been appropriated by the various groups which inhabit them. Vertical segregation is one of several possible ways of socially differentiating space in spatial proximity. The discussion of vertical segregation in Athens serves as a showcase of important social divisions and inequalities that are not expressed by important spatial distance. The resulting social mix, however, should not be read as the opposite of neighbourhood segregation, but as a different form and scale of spatial hierarchy translating social distances and, therefore, not as unequivocally positive.

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