Framing the “Unproductive”: A Case Study of High-Level Visions of Economic Progress and Racialized Exclusion
Simionca argues that the multilevelled marginalization of the inhabitants of impoverished areas is not simply an unintended consequence of uneven or carelessly implemented development. Instead, these segregated areas and the racialization of their populations are an integral and productive part of the current dynamic of capital. It is through an operation of epistemic injustice that the productive work they are systematically involved in becomes represented as marginal and inconsequential. The reproductive work in the domestic sector and the productive work in the highly lucrative sector of waste management fail to enter the vision of city development, thus erasing the epistemic and material contribution of these categories of people to the overall functioning of the system, and instead framing them as unemployable and redundant.
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