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Uneven Development

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

Uneven development is a general term for the measurement and explanation of spatial patterns of variation in the quality of life among human beings, or in a more restricted sense within Marxist theories, the concept is a fundamental and inescapable part of capitalism. The definitions of development are varied and contentious. Even given a particular definition, the patterns observed will vary widely depending on the chosen spatial scale. It is more challenging still to uncover the causes of any pattern and to situate these causes within a theory with explanatory power for larger areas and longer time periods. This entry discusses the definition and measurement of uneven development, the problem of scale, neo-Marxism and neoliberalism within the context of uneven development, and the subaltern and ...

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