Mapping Inequality: Spatial Dimensions of Social and Economic Disparities

Dr. Fatima Ahmed

Department of English Literature, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Keywords: Social inequality, economic inequality, spatial analysis, GIS, urban-rural disparities, income disparities, resource access, policy interventions, social justice


While traditional analyses of social and economic inequality often focus on individual or national levels, a growing body of research highlights the crucial role of space. This article argues that examining the spatial dimensions of inequality is essential for gaining a comprehensive understanding of its causes, consequences, and potential solutions. Through a critical review of recent scholarly literature, the article explores how social and economic disparities manifest geographically, examining patterns across urban and rural contexts, income levels, and access to resources. It emphasizes the importance of utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis methods to visualize and analyze these disparities, providing policymakers and researchers with powerful tools for informing interventions and promoting social justice.