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Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa$
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Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108927

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108927.001.0001

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Did the Unemployed Constitute an Underclass?

Did the Unemployed Constitute an Underclass?

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(p.271) Chapter 8 Did the Unemployed Constitute an Underclass?
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Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa
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Jeremy Seekings

Nicoli Nattrass

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108927.003.0008

This chapter asks whether some or all of the unemployed should be viewed as a distinct underclass. It argues that one segment of the unemployed can be identified as a discrete underclass, which comprises of unemployed people who were heavily disadvantaged in the labour market. The chapter utilizes the 1993 Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development (PSLSD) data to identify an underclass of unemployed people at the end of apartheid.

Keywords:   unemployed, underclass, labour market, Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development, PSLSD, apartheid

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