Toward a New Theory of Structural Inequality: Internal Colonialism and the Case of Oakland, California

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Title: Toward a New Theory of Structural Inequality: Internal Colonialism and the Case of Oakland, California
Author: Promes, Molly Ellen
Abstract: In a time of rising inequality and declining social mobility in the United States, how might planners work toward a more just society? Numerous theories of structural inequality have been developed to address these issues, and the notion of internal colonialism is among them. As a theory of inequality that identifies patterns of economic domination, and the attendant subordination of certain populations, internal colonialism theory first gained popularity during the Third World liberation movement, and rose to prominence among minority groups in the United States, before fading into relative obscurity. Does this theory still hold relevance today? This study traces the development of Oakland, California through the lens of internal colonialism theory and uncovers the roots of the highly unequal conditions that exist in the city today. A critical reapplication of this theory reveals its ongoing utility as both an explanatory model and a guidepost for charting a path forward.
Description: ix, 102 p. : ill. (some col.)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/12186
Date: 2011-12


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