Rukoushuoneita Disneylandissa. Lähiöt ja esikaupungit ranskalaisessa yhteiskuntakeskustelussa

Prayerhouses in Disneyland. Suburbs and society in France

Since the 1980’s, suburbs – banlieues, faubourgs, cités, grands ensembles – have become an important topic in political and social discussions in France. They seem to localize and epitomize several problems belonging to different categories, like unemployment, drugs, delinquency, crime, and insecurity. The suburbanites belonging mostly to working-class and having often immigrant background, this problematic situation can also be seen as reflecting the new global organization of economy and the country’s colonial history. The article presents and analyses major theories and explanations set forth by French researchers working in the field of urban studies.

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