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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 108
Title: SPATIAL INEQUALITY: A RESEARCH AGENDA FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Lead Author: Lobao, Linda M
Abstract: This white-paper documents the need for the development of research on spatial inequality across the social sciences. Building on and significantly extending earlier work initiated as part of Santa Barbaras NSF-supported Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, we see the need to greatly expand empirically and further theorize the consequences of rising spatial inequality within and outside the U.S. As global economic, social, and climate changes rapidly alter the fortunes of populations, a more cohesive social science understanding of spatial disparities is needed. Spatial inequality addresses how and why valued resources vary across places; and how places themselves become markers and makers of inequality. Spatial inequality bridges the geographic and non-geographic social sciences and the different inequality traditions within sociology, economics, political science, and geography. This white-paper calls for a fundamental shift from social scientists past tact in addressing spatial disparities through production of segmented literatures underpinned by limited dialogue between disciplines. Attention to spatial inequality opens new thematic areas for investigation, fosters cross-fertilization of theoretical and empirical traditions, and responds to issues central to societys well-being. We argue for a new generation of research to carve out theory and research across and within disciplines and leverage cutting-edge work.
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