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The Severely Distressed in Economically Transforming Cities

Citation

Kasarda, John D. (1992). The Severely Distressed in Economically Transforming Cities. In Harrell, Adele V. & Peterson, George E. (Eds.), Drugs, Crime, and Social Isolation: Barriers to Urban Opportunity (pp. 45-97). Washington: Urban Institute Press.

Abstract

Is there an urban underclass that is becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream social and economic life? If so, how does it perpetuate itself and how does it limit the opportunities of people raised in poor neighborhoods? The authors examine these questions from several perspectives. They contrast the life of poor African Americans in 19th-century Philadelphia with the underclass of today, examine recent trends in the physical and economic isolation of the big-city poor, chronicle the ties that prevent individuals from escaping, analyze the alternative cultures of crime and drugs, and consider the friendship and institutional networks of the inner-city poor in Chicago.

Reference Type

Book Chapter

Book Title

Drugs, Crime, and Social Isolation: Barriers to Urban Opportunity

Author(s)

Kasarda, John D.

Editor(s)

Harrell, Adele V.
Peterson, George E.

Year Published

1992

Pages

45-97

Publisher

Urban Institute Press

City of Publication

Washington

Reference ID

178