ERIC Number: EJ963337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
"At the Bottom of the Social Heap": A Youth Underclass in Inner-City Harare?
Kamete, Amin Y.
Journal of Youth Studies, v9 n1 p67-89 2006
In the social sciences, not many theses have been as contentious as the underclass thesis. Nevertheless, whether as a heuristic device to study society or as a target of ideological or academic attack, the underclass thesis has been used a focus of attention by a wide spectrum of researchers, politicians and journalists. In post-industrial societies the debate on the existence, nature and causes of the underclass has been raging on for decades. There is a plethora of ideological, policy, ontological and methodological disputes around it. This discussion takes the underclass thesis to the streets of Harare in Zimbabwe. It explores the possibilities of the formation of an underclass among the inner-city youth of Harare. Using indicators developed by Roberts and other scholars, the paper suggests something different is happening among the inner-city youth. While not proclaiming the existence of an underclass, the paper traces the emergence of a distinct inner-city social group to both structural and cultural factors. (Contains 4 notes, 1 figure, and 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Foreign Countries, Cultural Influences, Heuristics, Ideology, Social Indicators, Urban Youth, Social Class
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe