Poverty, Inequality, and Social Segregation

Alan Gilbert

in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589531
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Poverty, Inequality, and Social Segregation

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This article examines the quality of life and social relations in urban areas across the globe. It focuses on five themes: poverty, inequality, segregation, crime and violence, and urban governance. It argues that migration to cities has a fundamental impact on urban social inequality, serving as one of the vital causes of poverty turning into an urban phenomenon. It also shows the complex effect of globalization and international capital flows, and contends that while social polarization and segregation have increased, large-scale communal agitation and protest have not. This is attributed to modestly rising living standards and improved welfare provision by states and urban governments in developing countries.

Keywords: quality of life; social relations; urban areas; cities; segregation; crime; violence; urban governance

Article.  8206 words. 

Subjects: History ; Social and Cultural History

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