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The spatial dimension of poverty
in Western capitalism in transition
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Few would dispute that the spatial concentration of poverty reinforces constraints that keep people in deprivation. In this chapter, the authors explore the relationship between space and inequality at the level of the small area and discuss the extent to which spatial interventions can contribute to greater equity. They specify a typology of perspectives on spatial causality that can be distilled from the current urban studies literature; these are cultural, political-economic and institutional. The authors interrogate these three perspectives by analysing the two strikingly disparate cases of capitalist housing markets in the United States and public housing in Singapore. They use these extremely different examples as a natural experiment to illustrate the equity implications of two dramatically different approaches to dealing with the issue of spatial inequality.

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Western capitalism in transition

Global processes, local challenges


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