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Measuring urban inequalities. Spatial patterns of service access in sixteenth-century Leiden

Arie Van Steensel
University of Groningen, Netherlands - ORCID: 0000-0003-3439-264X


This contribution develops a broader understanding of well-being in premodern towns and by using digital methods to map social and economic inequalities, thereby drawing on insights from research on socio-spatial equity from urban studies. The key questions are how socio-economic inequality was reflected in the urban social topography and to what extent these spatial patterns reproduced inequality. Taking sixteenth-century Leiden as a case study, the spatial patterns of economic inequality and social segregation in this town are first examined. Next, the level of location-based inequality is explored by mapping and calculating urban spatial patterns of service accessibility.
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Keywords: economic inequality, economic history, low countries, leiden, pre-industrial age



Pages: 369-388

Published by: Firenze University Press

Publication year: 2020

DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-053-5.24

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