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The Political Discourse of Spatial Disparities

Geographical Inequalities Between Science and Propaganda

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  • Gives a comprehensive analysis of theories explaining spatial disparities

  • The first attempt to let readers see spatial disparity research as political discourse

  • Reveals the political bias and analytical usability of theoretical concepts

  • Embeds technocratic concepts in their Cold War context to make their constraints visible for readers

  • The first work to test Harvey’s uneven development concept on ‘real existing socialism’

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Contributions to Political Science (CPS)

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About this book

This work aims to provide unique insights into the multidisciplinary research on spatial disparities from an unconventional point of view. It breaks with the conventional narrative that tends to interpret this theoretical tradition as a series of factual contributions to a better understanding of the issue. Instead, related theories are investigated in their political, economic, and social contexts, and spatial disparity research is presented as a political discourse. The book reveals how the propagandistic problematization or de-problematization of geographical inequalities serves the substantiation of political goals, while taking advantage of the legitimate authority of science and the image of scientific objectivity. It also explains how the discourse has functioned from 19th century social physics over the Cold War period up to Marxist geographies of the current neoliberal age, and in what way and to what extent political considerations prevent related concepts producing ‘objective’ knowledge about the complex phenomenon of spatial inequalities.

Keywords

  • Ideology in Science
  • Knowledge
  • Political Discourse
  • Spatial Disparities
  • Uneven Development

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Regional Science, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

    Ferenc Gyuris

About the author

Ferenc Gyuris, born in 1985, studied Geography at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, where he obtained his degree in 2008. He earned his PhD in Geography at the University of Heidelberg in 2012. He works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Regional Science at Eötvös Loránd University. His interests embrace spatial disparities, the production of knowledge, and the geographies of communism and post-communist transition. In these issues he is the author of several papers published in English, Hungarian, Chinese, and Russian.

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USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-01508-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)