Cities at the Heart of Inequalities

SCIENCES - Geography and Demography

Cities at the Heart of Inequalities

Edited by

Clémentine Cottineau, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Denise Pumain, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

ISBN : 9781789450637

Publication Date : June 2022

Hardcover 254 pp

165.00 USD



Cities have become the major habitat for human societies. They are also the places where the starkest social inequalities show up. Income, social, land and housing inequalities shape the built environment and living conditions of different neighborhoods of cities, and in return, unequal access to services, environmental quality and favorable health conditions in different neighborhoods and cities fuel the reproduction of interpersonal inequalities.

This book examines how inequalities are produced and reproduced both within and between cities. In particular, we review land rent and social segregation theories from diverse disciplinary references and through examples taken from around the world.
The attraction of urban centralities, which is further reinforced by the growing financialization of property and urban capital, is also analyzed through the lens of its influence on rent-seeking mechanisms and the ever increasing pressure of population migration.


1. Major Models of the Spatial Organization of Urban Societies, Clémentine Cottineau and Denise Pumain.
2. Land Rent and the Center–Periphery model, Denise Pumain.
3. Inequalities in Access to Urban Services, Eugênia Dória Viana Cerqueira.
4. Gentrification and the Real Estate Market: What Can We Learn from the Rent Gap Theory?, Guilhem Boulay.
5. Socio-spatial Segregation in Cities, Renaud Le Goix.
6. Migrants In and Between the Cities of the World, Armelle Choplin, Hasnia-Sonia Missaoui and Olivier Pliez.
7. Inequalities Between Cities, Clémentine Cottineau.

About the authors/editors

Clémentine Cottineau is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Chargée de recherche at CNRS, France. Her research focuses on models of urbanization and urban inequality.

Denise Pumain is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Her research focuses on theories and models of urban systems.