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The Political Discourse of Spatial Disparities

Geographical Inequalities Between Science and Propaganda

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This work aims to provide unique insights into the multidisciplinary research on spatial disparities from an unconventional point of view. It breaks with the conventional narrative that tends to interpret this theoretical tradition as a series of factual contributions to a better understanding of the issue. Instead, related theories are investigated in their political, economic, and social contexts, and spatial disparity research is presented as a political discourse. It  also reveals how the propagandistic problematization or de-problematization of geographical inequalities serves the substantiation of political goals, while taking advantage of the legitimate authority of science and the image of scientific objectivity. The book explains how the discourse has functioned from 19th century social physics over the Cold War period up to Marxist geographies of the current neoliberal age, and in what way and to what extent political considerations prevent related concepts producing ‘objective’ knowledge about the complex phenomenon of spatial inequalities.


Titel: The Political Discourse of Spatial Disparities
Autoren/Herausgeber: Ferenc Gyuris
Aus der Reihe: Contributions to Political Science
Ausgabe: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2014

ISBN/EAN: 9783319377469

Seitenzahl: 381
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 611 g
Sprache: Englisch

Ferenc Gyuris, born in 1985, studied Geography at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, where he obtained his degree in 2008. He earned his PhD in Geography at the University of Heidelberg in 2012. He works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Regional Science at Eötvös Loránd University. His interests embrace spatial disparities, the production of knowledge, and the geographies of communism and post-communist transition. In these issues he is the author of several papers published in English, Hungarian, Chinese, and Russian. - Newsletter
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