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Fran Tonkiss

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 10: Urban Economies and Social Inequalities

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Urban Economies and Social Inequalities
Urban Economies and Social Inequalities
Fran Tonkiss
Introduction: urbanising inequality

Inequality has become a matter of renewed focus and concern in recent years, spurred by the evident widening of inequalities in both high- and low-income economies. A number of leading economists have led the debate and analysis in this area, focusing on long-run and more recent patterns of inequality, their systemic causes and forms of reproduction, and potential policy responses (see, most notably, Piketty, 2014; 2015; Stiglitz, 2012; 2015). In such a context, what might a sociological – and, specifically, an urban sociological – perspective bring to the contemporary study of inequalities? The discussion that follows takes up a social, relational and spatial approach to inequality, exploring ...

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