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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Urban segregation and public space: Young people in enclaves of structural poverty

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.

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