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Ethnicity, class and aspirationUnderstanding London's new East End$
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Tim Butler

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426512

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426512.001.0001

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Changing economy and social structure of East London

Changing economy and social structure of East London

(p.32) (p.33) Two Changing economy and social structure of East London
Ethnicity, class and aspiration

Tim Butler

Chris Hamnett

Sadiq Mir

Mark Ramsden

Policy Press

This chapter examines the changes in the social structure and economy of East London, England, from the 1970s to the 2000s. It outlines the changes that have taken place in London's economic role over the last 40 years as its manufacturing industry has largely disappeared, and as it has become one of the major global-financial centres. The chapter explains that the last 40 years have witnessed the closure of the docks and de-industrialisation, and that the associated changes in occupational class structure were replaced by a growing managerial and professional class.

Keywords:   social structure, economy, East London, England, manufacturing industry, financial centre, occupational class, dock closures, de-industrialisation

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