Peripheralitysquared: mapping the fractal spatiality of peripheralization in the Danube region of Romania

Popescu, C., Soaita, A. M. and Persu, M. R. (2021) Peripheralitysquared: mapping the fractal spatiality of peripheralization in the Danube region of Romania. Habitat International, 107, 102306. (doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2020.102306)

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Starting from the assumption that the core/periphery relations are fractal assemblages of scale of varying intensity, this paper explores and maps at a finely-grained scale the alignment between the socioeconomic and relational attributes of place in a context of peripheralitysquared whereby further peripheralization occurs within a ‘periphery’. To illustrate this context we focus on the Danube region of Romania. Building on two relatively disparate dimensions of peripherality and mobilizing a range of micro-scale data, we construct the socioeconomic and relational indexes, separately and combined, in order to identify the fractal spatiality of the region through micro-scale maps. Examining the spatial (mis)match between varying levels of development and connectivity helps identify territorial assets whose development may enable a more even spatiality that reduces spatial exclusion. Our paper invites scholars to question binary core/periphery or dominant/dominated understandings of peripherality. The fact that our indexes were only slightly correlated raises questions on how peripherality should be interpreted and operationalized; further research on the relationship between its socioeconomic and relational dimensions in other regions of the world would be welcomed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Soaita, Dr Adriana Mihaela
Authors: Popescu, C., Soaita, A. M., and Persu, M. R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Habitat International
ISSN (Online):1873-5428
Published Online:13 December 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Habitat International 107: 102306
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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300119UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)Kenneth GibbEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P008852/1S&PS - Urban Studies