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Spaces of the Poor

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Book Series: Mainzer Historische Kulturwissenschaften ISBN: 9783837624731 9783839424735 Year: DOI: 10.26530/oapen_627789 Language: English
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Subject: Sociology
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What do we know about the urban impoverished areas of the world and the living environment of its inhabitants? How did the urban poor cope with their surroundings? How did they interpret and adopt urban space in order to fight against their position at the periphery of society? This volume takes up these questions and investigates how far approaches of cultural sciences can contribute to overcome the 'exoticization of the ghetto' (Loïc Wacquant) and instead to look at the heterogeneity and individuality behind the facades. It opens new perspectives for the research of poverty and inequalities that do not stop at collective categories.

Die Prekarisierungsgesellschaft

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Book Series: Gesellschaft der Unterschiede ISBN: 9783839421925 Year: Pages: 248 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_579941 Language: German
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Society appears to us today in the flickering light of instability. It has not just been since the financial crisis that matters related to working and living conditions have proved themselves to be precarious. The author introduces the most important economic and sociological theories of precarization, and demonstrates that precarity has seized society in its entirety. We live in the society of precarity. But what can be drawn from this? Marchart describes contemporary social protests and their demands. He investigates their democratic and political implications and works towards a social theory of the conflict and of its contingencies.

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