Inequalities and Geography in a Pre Covid-19 and Covid-19 World – A Bibliometric Analysis: 1989-2019 and 2020-2022*

Inequalities and Geography in a Pre Covid-19 and Covid-19 World – A Bibliometric Analysis: 1989-2019 and 2020-2022*

ABSTRACT

Inequalities have many manifestations. Studying aspects of inequalities has significant dimensions and this also determines their type and distribution intensity. Further, COVID-19 pandemic has made the study of inequalities in the current day world all the more relevant. While databases to measure these exist in ample, a review of research literature published in the field is not visible. Geography as a discipline provides a crucial aspect to examine the pattern and spread of inequalities. The current attempt is a detailed bibliometric analysis to find the trend in published works on ‘Inequality and Geography’ through 3,182 records generated from the well acknowledged Web of Science database. This has been carried on by extracting the data for two time periods- pre-pandemic from the first availability of data in the database (1989-2019) and pandemic time period published research works as ranging from 2020-2022 (till June). Results pointed a major shift in the nature of works, institutions involved, number of publications and co-authorship parameters on the topic in a period of just two years of the pandemic. The findings provide an interesting overview to explore and contribute to literature by identifying the direction of research.

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