CEPAL Review No. 75, December 2001
  • E-ISSN: 16840348


This article examines the effects that some recent changes Director of the Research Programme on Integration, Poverty and Social Exclusion, *e social Structure of the early-developing Latin American Catholic University of Uruguay kaztman @ adinet. com. uy These changes mainly concern the labour markets and some countries have had on the social isolation of the urban poor. opportunity structures which are the source for the formation of human resources and social capital. It is argued here that, as a result of these changes, the links of the urban poor with the labour market have been weakened and their areas for informal socialization with persons of other social classes have been made smaller, thus leading to their progressive isolation. The article also analyses the reduction of opportunities for accumulating individual and collective social capital and civic capital and examines the particular characteristics assumed by the processes of residential segregation in the big cities of the countries studied.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development

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