CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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Seduced and abandoned: The social isolation of the urban poor

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.

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