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Urban Inequality: Approaches and Narratives

Abstract

Social and economic disparities within ‘ordinary cities’ have been under-researched in contemporary urban studies. This chapter addresses the complexities of urban inequality with its many conflicting approaches and narratives. After a brief overview of the normative aspects of disparity, I discuss the influence of the situatedness of the researcher and the conflicting notions of the ‘urban’ on studying urban inequality. Thereafter I provide a historical overview of the manifold approaches and narratives in social sciences, with special emphasis on those from the contemporary decades. The analysis is aimed at identifying the main conceptual issues and considerations along which a complex investigation and interpretation of urban inequality in the creative city is possible.

Keywords

  • Political Discourse
  • Urban Context
  • Creative Class
  • Capitalist World
  • Spatial Disparity

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    For an in-depth analysis of the impact of Wilkinson’s and Pickett’s book on the political discourse on social disparities see Gyuris (2014).

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Gyuris, F. (2017). Urban Inequality: Approaches and Narratives. In: Gerhard, U., Hoelscher, M., Wilson, D. (eds) Inequalities in Creative Cities. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95115-4_3

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