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The ghetto as stigmatizing mythology: three European examples
Titolo Rivista: SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE 
Autori/Curatori: Tom Slater 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2021 Fascicolo: 125  Lingua: Italiano 
Numero pagine:  16 P. 24-39 Dimensione file:  302 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SUR2021-125002
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This article addresses the vexed question of the "ghetto", focusing in particular on the dangerous mythology and political panic surrounding that term. It critiques the opportunistic use of the term ghetto, showing how this is a political strategy of stigmatizing areas exhibit-ing large ethnic minority populations, especially those residing in social housing estates, fundamentally dissolute and irretrievably disorganized. Focusing on three national contexts, Britain, Denmark and Belgium, the article draws upon Loïc Wacquant’s conceptualisation of the ghetto to argue that fictitious constructions of "hettos" have everything to do with the racialized denigration of people’s lives, something that cannot be separated from the in-tense stigmatization of the places where they live.
Keywords: ghetto, territorial stigmatization, segregation, Britain, Denmark, Belgium

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Tom Slater, in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 125/2021, pp. 24-39, DOI:10.3280/SUR2021-125002

   

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