CEPAL Review No. 83, August 2004
  • E-ISSN: 16840348


This article explores some of the changes currently occurring in enclaves of structural poverty in Argentina. While many studies have dealt with middle-class impoverishment, this study addresses the growing geographical concentration and accumulation of social disadvantages, something that has triggered a process of urban segregation and threatens these enclaves with exclusion. Control of the public space in such areas of structural poverty proves to be a determining factor in many of the disadvantages suffered by these communities: social isolation, internal fragmentation and depletion of household asset portfolios. Setting out from an ethnographic analysis of the way young people appropriate the public space and impose a “street culture’ with its own norms and practices, this paper explores the dynamic complex of disadvantages that operates as an engine of exclusion for these enclaves and their inhabitants.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development

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