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ghetto

A term with its origins in eastern Europe, used to designate the part of town occupied by Jewish citizens. Now the term ghetto is used to describe any urban area suffering significant deterioration, often predominated by one or a very few ethnic or racial groups. Disputes often arise regarding whether lenders, insurers, and other service providers are engaged in illegal discrimination when they redline these neighborhoods, or whether they are assessing risks based on the quality of the infrastructure and not on any judgments regarding the inhabitants.
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Jews were leaving ghettos, and, according to Wirth, "The so-called Jewish racial type disappears with the passing of the ghetto.
Stehle wants to know if or how artists carve out spaces in the popular discourse for alternative representations of power and place in the German urban setting: "A comparative analysis of musical depictions of ghettos exposes a series of tensions: the relationship between national and translocal frames of reference; between hip-hop's provocative gender politics and sexism; and between the claim of realness and performativity" (130).
House owners replacing a roof truss in the Czech town of Terezin in November discovered Jewish objects and possessions buried in the attic beams, the Ghetto Thereseinstadt heritage project revealed recently.
Deborah Dwork's 1991 study is the only significant monograph focusing specifically on the lives of children and adolescents in the Nazi ghettos, but it omits ghettos in the occupied Soviet Union.
In the first chapter, Stehle scrutinizes the depictions of ghettos in Feridun Zaimoglu's literary narratives of the 1990s such as Kanaksprak (1995) and Koppstoff (1999).
In subsequent decades, Jewish ghettos were created in Verona, Padua and other Tuscan cities.
We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was, but the numbers are unbelievable.
While it, too, was born of America's painful legacy of slavery and segregation, and informed by those old concepts of racial order--that blacks have their "place" in society--it in addition reflects the urban iconography of today's racial inequality, namely the black ghetto, a uniquely urban American creation.
The map of Bulgaria's Roma ghettos is supposed to be completed by March 2013, she added.
The words, 'Free all the ghettos' and 'Free Gaza and Palestine' were sprayed on the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto wall in Poland several days ago.
As for comparing city suburbs as ghettos, certain councillors need to get a grasp of what a real ghetto is.
Once the councillors have succeeded in addressing the problem of the existing student ghettos, long-term residents who wish to live in the area and contribute to the community will return and disastrous economic and social effects of studentification will be reversed.