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The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.
Chapter 10: Urban Economies and Social Inequalities
Urban Economies and Social Inequalities
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 ...