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Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities

East meets West, 1st Edition

Edited by Tiit Tammaru, Szymon Marcińczak, Maarten van Ham, Sako Musterd


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Growing inequalities in Europe are a major challenge threatening the sustainability of urban communities and the competiveness of European cities. While the levels of socio-economic segregation in European cities are still modest compared to some parts of the world, the poor are increasingly concentrating spatially within capital cities across Europe. An overlooked area of research, this book offers a systematic and representative account of the spatial dimension of rising inequalities in Europe.

This book provides rigorous comparative evidence on socio-economic segregation from 13 European cities. Cities include Amsterdam, Athens, Budapest, London, Milan, Madrid, Oslo, Prague, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vienna and Vilnius. Comparing 2001 and 2011, this multi-factor approach links segregation to four underlying universal structural factors: social inequalities, global city status, welfare regimes and housing systems.

Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.

Chapter 15 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.


"It will be extremely useful for scholars concerned about general patterns of social inequality as well as specialists studying sociospatial division, gentrification, or segregation (ethnic as well as socioeconomic). The book could also be used to help teach courses on urban sociology and geography, housing studies, or social policy."

Rory Coulter, University of Cambridge, Journal of Urban Affairs

'This well-organized book provides the reader with a feel for the uniqueness of each city and its segregation problem. I especially appreciated the fact that the contributors combined statistical measures of segregation and mapped location coefficients with information on the city’s history, as well as its welfare and housing policies.'

David Varady, University of Cincinnati, Geography Research Forum (GRF)

"…the book will be useful for researchers (academic and policy) who are interested in spatial segregation in any of the cities featured in the book. The book presents the problems of small area comparisons internationally and provides a worthy attempt of differences in spatial segregation in Europe."

Stephen Jivraj, University College London, London, UK, International Journal of Housing Policy

Table of Contents

1. A multi-factor approach to understanding socio-economic segregation in European capital cities Tiit Tammaru, Sako Musterd, Maarten van Ham & Szymon Marcińczak 2. Occupational segregation in London: A multilevel framework for modelling segregation David Manley, Ron Johnston, Kelvyn Jones, & Dewi Owen 3. Changing welfare context and income segregation in Amsterdam and its metropolitan area Sako Musterd & Wouter P.C. van Gent 4. Socio-economic segregation in Vienna: A social-oriented approach to urban planning and housing Gerhard Hatz, Josef Kohlbacher & Ursula Reeger 5. Widening gaps: Segregation dynamics during two decades of economic and institutional change in Stockholm Roger Andersson & Anneli Kährik 6. Economic segregation in Oslo: Polarisation as a contingent outcome Terje Wessel 7. Socio-economic segregation in Athens at the beginning of the twenty-first century Thomas Maloutas 8. Socio-economic divisions of space in Milan in the post-Fordist era Petros Petsimeris & Stefania Rimoldi 9. Economic crisis, social change and segregation processes in Madrid Jesús Leal & Daniel Sorando 10. Urban restructuring and changing patterns of socio-economic segregation in Budapest Zoltán Kovács & Balázs Szabó 11. The velvet and mild: Socio-spatial differentiation in Prague after transition Martin Ouředníček, Lucie Pospíšilová, Petra Špačková, Zuzana Kopecká & Jakub Novák 12. Occupation and ethnicity: Patterns of residential segregation in Riga two decades after socialism Zaiga Krisjane, Maris Berzins & Kalju Kratovitš 13. Large social inequalities and low levels of socio-economic segregation in Vilnius Vytautas Valatka, Donatas Burneika & Rūta Ubarevičienė 14. The ‘market experiment’: Increasing socio-economic segregation in the inherited bi-ethnic context of Tallinn Tiit Tammaru, Anneli Kährik, Kadi Mägi, Jakub Novák & Kadri Leetmaa 15. Inequality and rising levels of socio-economic segregation: Lessons from a pan-European comparative study Szymon Marcińczak, Sako Musterd, Maarten van Ham & Tiit Tammaru

About the Editors

Tiit Tammaru is a Professor of Urban and Population Geography and Head of the Centre for Migration and Urban Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Szymon Marcinczak is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Urban Geography and Tourism, Lódz, Poland.

Maarten van Ham is Professor of Urban Renewal at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and Professor of Geography at the University of St Andrews, UK.

Sako Musterd is Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development

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