Working Status in Deprived Urban Areas and Their Greater Economic Role

  • Norbert Petrovici
Part of the Neighborhoods, Communities, and Urban Marginality book series (NCUM)


Petrovici analyses the social and economic profiles of the population living in the deprived areas and differentiates between three broad categories. First, the former socialist working class and their children, who could not escape from the city in the 1990s during the urban-to-rural return migration. Second, a segment of better-off, qualified Roma workers who gradually lost employment in an economically restructuring city. Third, qualified Roma workers coming from other towns in search of new jobs. These areas are integrated in the urban economy and convey an important labour pool for unskilled manual work in the new, globalized production facilities, for raw materials extraction in waste management cycles (e.g. iron, plastic) needed in the booming industries, as well as lower-grade services for the greater working class.


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  • Norbert Petrovici
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  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentBabeș-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

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