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Chapter 6: Ungovernable Spaces: The Underclass and Impacted Ghettoes

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Ungovernable Spaces: The Underclass and Impacted Ghettoes
Ungovernable spaces: The underclass and impacted ghettoes

We have now discussed the nature of ‘reflexive accumulation’, of how post-organized capitalist economic arrangements require the development of reflexivity in economic organization. We have examined increasing reflexivity among both the professional-managerial classes and the skilled working class in divergent modes of contemporary growth in the more traditional yet thriving sectors.

But what about the other side of recent economic development? How should we understand the recent and sharp growth of an ever more ‘impacted’ ghetto in the inner cities of the USA and the UK? What about the recent qualitative increase in streams of migrants working legally or illegally in the sweatshops of the clothing industries of various global cities? What about ...

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