Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781447341697 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447341680 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only

Dead-End Lives

Daniel Briggs and Ruben Monge Gamero

Dead-End Lives

Daniel Briggs and Ruben Monge Gamero

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 30 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781447341697 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447341680 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only

“Julia” nervously emerges from her shabby tent in the suburban wastelands on the outskirts of Madrid to face another day of survival in one of Europe’s most problematic ghettos. Welcome to the city shadows in Valdemingómez: a lawless landscape of drugs and violence where the third world meets the Wild West. Briggs and Monge entered this area with only their patience, some cigarettes and a mobile phone and collected vivid testimonies and images of Julia and others like her who live there. This important book documents what they found, locating these people's stories and situations in a political, economic and social context of spatial inequality and oppressive mechanisms of social control.

Contents
Introduction: Welcome to Valdemingómez;
Politics, ‘democracy’ and the ideology of the postmodern city; 
Madrid: History, social processes and the growth in inequality; 
Drugs, cultural change and drug markets; 
Journeys to dependence; 
Life in the city shadows: Work, identity and social status; 
The council, police and health services: An impasse to solutions; 
Post dependency: What next?; 
Not really the conclusion;
Epilogue
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