Contributions to Political Science

The Political Discourse of Spatial Disparities

Geographical Inequalities Between Science and Propaganda

Authors: Gyuris, Ferenc

  • Gives a comprehensive analysis of theories explaining spatial disparities
  • The first attempt to let readers see spatial disparity research as political discourse
  • Reveals the political bias and analytical usability of theoretical concepts
  • Embeds technocratic concepts in their Cold War context to make their constraints visible for readers
  • The first work to test Harvey’s uneven development concept on ‘real existing socialism’
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01508-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01507-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37746-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gyuris, Ferenc

    Pages 1-6

  • The Debate Over Social Disparities and the Disparity Discourse

    Gyuris, Ferenc

    Pages 7-85

  • Social Disparities Meet Space and Concepts Surrounding It

    Gyuris, Ferenc

    Pages 87-91

  • A Contextual Analysis of the Emergence of Spatial Disparity Research

    Gyuris, Ferenc

    Pages 93-102

  • Spatial Disparity Analysis and Anti-Capitalism: The “Classical” Marxist Tradition

    Gyuris, Ferenc

    Pages 103-121

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01508-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-01507-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37746-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Discourse of Spatial Disparities
Book Subtitle
Geographical Inequalities Between Science and Propaganda
Authors
Series Title
Contributions to Political Science
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01508-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01508-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-01507-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37746-9
Series ISSN
2198-7289
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 381
Number of Illustrations and Tables
41 b/w illustrations
Topics