Manchester’s Inner City: The Management of the Periphery

  • Rosemary Mellor
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The history of urbanization in the capitalist industrial societies is marked by the decentralization of economic activity and the déconcentration of population. Therefore the idea of the city as a distinctive unit of economic and social analysis was early replaced by that of the city region in recognition of the centrifugal pattern of development. Yet the residual position of the central city within the city region, and the peripheralization of the inner-city neighbourhoods, did not attract attention until the black ghetto (US) and the inner city (UK) came to the fore as issues requiring policy resolution.1 In both cases the trigger to state policy initiative was racial conflict, and the structural weakness of the central city as a periphery within the modern economy was underestimated.


Labour Market Local Authority City Centre Social Marginality Housing Allocation 
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