A Marxist View



Britain in the 1970s is experiencing a severe economic crisis of worldwide dimensions. The state has reacted to this crisis by depressing working-class living standards, cutting public expenditure and promoting a large-scale restructuring of British capital. The same period has seen an upsurge of ideas about ‘inner cities’, ‘areas of deprivation’, and a variety of other such concepts which have in common the fact that they define problems in spatial rather than socio-economic terms. These two occurrences are not unconnected.


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Notes and References

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© Mark Allen, Ron Bailey, Bob Davis, Judith Green, Bill Jordan, Martin Loney, Alex Lyon, Marjorie Mayo, Jef Smith, Robin Thompson, Andrew Thornley, John Tilley, Peter Walker, Jean Whitfield 1979

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