Inside the Inner City : Life Under the Cutting Edge
Recent years have seen the faltering of economic growth, the erosion of the welfare state and the disappearance of social consensus. Nowhere have these processes cut more deeply than in the inner city, where industrial decline, low income, persistent high unemployment and housing decay are fuelling crime and racial tension to create our most daunting social problem. Combining interviews and eye-witness accounts with his own analysis, the author provides a portrait of the underside of the affluent society and the hidden human costs of public policies. From dying factories to social security offices, from single mothers to street thieves, it offers an insight into the realities of deprivation and social conflict in Britain today.
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- Paperback | 448 pages
- 128 x 198 x 21mm | 298g
- 24 Sep 1992
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Prologue: The inner city - a symptom and a warning; the killing ground by the river. Part 1 Economics and incomes: the inner city in the world economy; from rags to tatters - the agony of an industry; modernization by destruction - the death of a factory; death by a thousand cuts - working in the public sector; the idle poor - unemployment and inequality; youth on the dole; the modern poor law - social security; into the whirlwind - financial crisis. Part 2 Private need and public squalor: the inverse-care law; I'll blow your house down; unfreedom of choice - council housing; the inner city's inner city - the dump estates; from cure to crisis intervention - social services and health; hard times to grow old in; schooling for failure. Part 3 Tensions and conflicts: the divisiveness of deprivation; growing up nasty; criminals and their victims; the roughest beat - policing the inner city; brother shall strike brother - race and class; if you're small, the walk all over you - poverty and power. Conclusion: myths, realities and possibilities.