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Soc 2070: Problems in Contemporary Society The ghetto and the underclass Thursday, September, 11th, 2008
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Assignment Make sure you have the right units of analysis. For the prison population make sure you are looking at a total that includes federal, state and local jails. For median income include in parenthesis the base year (e.g. 2006 constant dollars)
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Recap: Explanations of black poverty Structural economic and social changes Deindustrialization and union decline. Movement of jobs to suburbs and outside central cities Continued migration from South. More competition and lower wages. Demographic changes. More young 18-24. Culture of poverty Discrimination and racism Labor market Housing and lending markets Insurance Justice and prison system Effects of welfare policy (Charles Murray) Ghetto, segregation and concentrated poverty (today)
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The Ghetto Ghetto: “bounded, racially and/or culturally uniform socio-spatial formation based on the forcible relegation of a negatively types population such as Jews in medieval Europe and African Americans in the U.S, to a reserved territory…” Wacquant “The Ghetto in post-fordist America.” Types of ghettos Immigrant and black ghettos Historical black ghetto Black ghetto in the 80’s and 90’s
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Immigrant vs. black ghettos
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