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Post-welfare city at the margins? Immigrant precarity and the mediating third sector in London

Deverteuil, Geoffrey ORCID: 2017. Post-welfare city at the margins? Immigrant precarity and the mediating third sector in London. Urban Geography 38 (10) , pp. 1517-1533. 10.1080/02723638.2017.1286840

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The putative post-welfare city is marked by a debate between continuity with previous welfare structures, versus a radical break whereby new, more punitive measures prevail. Seeking to clarify the role of the third sector at the margins of the debated post-welfare city, margins which can be characterized by a stigmatized and abandoned clientele, I focus on organizations serving precarious migrants in London. There were 15 interviews of third sector organizations across well-served, inner boroughs (Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets) and less well-served outer boroughs (Brent, Hounslow). The results indicated a mixed intermediary role for third sector organizations: strong in compensating and filling the gaps from an absent state, yet rather weak in contesting or challenging the overbearing state on behalf of their clients. More generically, the results also underlined the importance of looking beyond the labor market to appreciate the intricacies of social reproduction among precarious populations, as well as recognizing important continuities in support systems that belie a radical break with previous structures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: London; migrants; Precarity; shadow state; third sector
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0272-3638
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 23 January 2017
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 18:46

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