Spatial Inequality: An Introduction

  • Hangwelani Hope MagidimishaEmail author
  • Lovemore Chipungu


This chapter sets the thrust of this book by introducing the key theme of spatial inequality in South Africa. At the core of this chapter is the argument that spatial inequality is a colonial creation which is being perpetuated by policy interventions that fail to deal with structural challenges the country is facing. In this regard, it sets the platform for fundamental issues of spatial inequality in the context and how they are analysed in the subsequent chapters. As an introductory chapter, it clearly defines the focus of the book by outlining its aim and objectives. More so, it gives an insight into all subsequent chapters by briefly summarising their content. This in essence, is an expression of the key themes of the book.


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  • Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lovemore Chipungu
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Kwazulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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