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Dead-End LivesDrugs and Violence in the City Shadows$
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Daniel Briggs and Rubén Monge Gamero

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341680

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341680.001.0001

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Politics, ‘democracy’ and the ideology of the postmodern city

Politics, ‘democracy’ and the ideology of the postmodern city

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(p.31) 2 Politics, ‘democracy’ and the ideology of the postmodern city
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Dead-End Lives
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Daniel Briggs

Rubén Monge Gamero

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341680.003.0002

Here we explore how and why macro ideological and commercial processes produce a place such as Valdemingómez by contextualizing how the political and economic changes over the last 40 years have crippled the urban poor in places like Madrid. We firstly show that these are global processes are linked to structural undercurrents of deindustrualisation which have produced greater inequality, unemployment and poverty before showing how a politics of distraction dilutes our collective consciousness to these issues. Both these elements are reflected in how social planners and politicians have engaged in urban cleansing programmes which relegate problem groups like drug users to the city margins; out of sight, out of mind. We show the consequences of this in the final part of the chapter when we discuss the implications this has for the city and its urban outcasts.

Keywords:   Social and spatial exclusion, politics, ideology, neoliberalism, urban outcasts, drug users

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