The inner city : in search of the problem
This paper explores the theoretical content of the inner-city debate in Britain and seeks to examine the extent to which the 'problem' is either new or primarily economic. It is argued that the inner-city issue, while subject to specific political and ideological forces, is associated with the general processes of uneven capitalist development. In this sense, metropolitan decline is a further manifestation of the relationship between the built environment, the transience of economic activity and social change. More specifically the decline of the inner city relates to the incipient role of Britain in the development of capitalism and its current position in the world economy. The emergence of this as a 'problem' for the British state is combined with a convenient spatial determinism, which isolates the inner city as an anomaly even as the search for palliatives is erected to the status of a major social task.
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Forrest, R., Lloyd, J., Rogers, N., & Williams, P. (1979). The inner city: In search of the problem. Geoforum, 10(1), 109-116. doi: 10.1016/0016-7185(79)90016-2