Enrica Morlicchio
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Urban poverty and social cohesion
Lessons from Naples
in Western capitalism in transition
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In this chapter, the author looks at the long-term evolution of diverse models of territorial marginalisation and social exclusion and provides a general interpretative framework. She utilizes this theoretical background against the case of Naples in order to test its application in the context of southern European countries. The author begins with a historical look at the broad patterns of ethnically and class-defined spatial concentrations of poverty. She focuses on the historical timescale described by Enzo Mingione in Fragmented Societies. The author provides a description of different combinations of social polarisation and residential isolation in different urban contexts and of how they could affect social cohesion. She also focuses on the case of Naples, which both condenses aspects of other (south) European cities and is a rather peculiar case.

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Western capitalism in transition

Global processes, local challenges


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