Social polarization

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Social polarization is associated with the segregation within a society that may emerge from income inequality, real-estate fluctuations, economic displacements etc. and result in such differentiation that would consist of various social groups, from high-income to low-income.

One of the earlier stimulating research works on social polarization is from R.E. Pahl on Isle of Sheppey,[1] wherein he provides a comparison between the Pre-capitalist society and capitalist society.

More recently, a number of research projects have been increasingly addressing the issues of social polarization within the developed economies.[2]

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Aspects of this concept can also be associated with the phenomena of the creative class and how these members have created their own dominant status within society.


  1. ^ R. E. Pahl, Divisions of Labour, Oxford: Blackwell, 1984, ISBN 0-631-13273-2
  2. ^ Frank Moulaert, Erik Swyngedouw and Arantxa Rodriguez. The Globalized City: Economic Restructuring and Social Polarization in European Cities. Oxford University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-19-926040-9