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Spatial Inequality

  • By: Huhua Cao
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The study of inequality seeks to analyze the causes, contexts, conditions, and outcomes of disparities between two or more groups over a given number of variables. It differs from a study of difference insofar as the former assumes a quantifiable progression from worse off to better off in some respects relevant to the human sciences. Inequality is most commonly explained with reference to genetic predisposition, individual action, and social forces, or some combination of the three that leads to disparities between two or more unequal individuals or groups. The means of quantifying inequality are often quite sophisticated and are consistently used to analyze the development of a given group relative to its own past and relative to the situation of others within a specific time ...

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