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"Way Down in the Holeâ€: Systemic Urban Inequality and The Wire

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  • Wilson, William Julius
  • Anmol Chaddha
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    The Wire is set in a modern American city shaped by economic restructuring and fundamental demographic change that led to widespread job loss and the depopulation of inner-city neighborhoods. While the series can be viewed as an account of the systemic failure of political, economic, and social institutions in Baltimore in particular, the fundamental principles depicted in The Wire certainly parallel changing conditions in other cities, especially older industrial cities in the Northeast and Midwest. Indeed, it is for this reason that The Wire captures the attention of social scientists concerned with a comprehensive understanding of urban inequality, poverty, and race in American cities.

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    Paper provided by Harvard Kennedy School of Government in its series Scholarly Articles with number 8057979.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Publication status: Published in Critical Inquiry
    Handle: RePEc:hrv:hksfac:8057979

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