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Framing the “Unproductive”: A Case Study of High-Level Visions of Economic Progress and Racialized Exclusion

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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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    An earlier version of this chapter was previously published as Simionca (2013).

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    For example, CCI in Cluj offers the following description of its mission as a legal entity that is an organization of public interest and utility, non-governmental, autonomous: “CCI represents a force that: proposes (CCI CLUJ is a laboratory of ideas for local development, taking part, for example, in the formulation of the annual and long-term development programmes), represents (because it defends and supports the interests of the business community, making available practical and informational tools for enterprises), formation (through the courses it organizes, where it attracts specialists from the academia as collaborators) and implementation (through its examples of clear, successful initiatives, through its presence at the local, regional, national and international level, through its economic missions abroad, the participation of the CCI Cluj representatives in Local Administration structures, representatives of the business environment in the administrative boards of hospitals).” Source: http://www.ccicj.ro/ (accessed: November 2013). Author’s translation.

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    I have offered elsewhere (Simionca 2013) a more detailed analysis of the discourses provided by these state officials, highlighting how the past of the city and the desirable direction for the future are represented, which are the more concrete ways in which achieving this direction is sought for and who are the actors and which are the features of the actors that appear as important in making this vision feasible.

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Simionca, A. (2019). Framing the “Unproductive”: A Case Study of High-Level Visions of Economic Progress and Racialized Exclusion. In: Vincze, E., Petrovici, N., Raț, C., Picker, G. (eds) Racialized Labour in Romania. Neighborhoods, Communities, and Urban Marginality. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76273-9_5

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