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Neoliberal Chicago$
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Larry Bennett, Roberta Garner, and Euan Hague

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040597

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040597.001.0001

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Class and Race-Ethnicity in a Changing City

Class and Race-Ethnicity in a Changing City

A Historical Perspective on Inequalities

(p.17) Chapter 1 Class and Race-Ethnicity in a Changing City
Neoliberal Chicago

Roberta Garner

Black Hawk Hancock

Kenneth Fidel

University of Illinois Press

The chapter traces the dynamics of class and race-ethnicity in the Chicago metropolitan area, identifying persistent disparities and emergent features of stratification. The chapter begins with a focus on the impact of de-industrialization and economic restructuring on African Americans whose disadvantaged position in terms of employment and education in the 20th century was exacerbated rather than mitigated by the decline of the “industrial city.” Immigrants occupy a wide range of class-positions, depending on country of origin and their education and class background in these countries. A major emerging phenomenon is the rise of a new white-collar working class of diverse ethno-racial backgrounds that has a blurred boundary with the “creative class.” A brief critique of public discourse about class and race closes the chapter.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, Chicago, class, race-ethnicity, disparities, stratification, economic restructuring, immigrants, white-collar working class, creative class

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