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The Servant Class CityUrban Revitalization Versus the Working Poor in San Diego$
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David J. Karjanen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694624

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694624.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Servant Class City

David J. Karjanen

University of Minnesota Press

The author begins The Servant Class City with an introduction to one of their friends, the entrepreneur Raymond, and the odd jobs he does to earn a living. To some observers, Raymond’s situation and outlook is frustrating; he is obviously a hard worker, so why doesn’t he just learn a trade or start his own business? The barriers to either, however, are multiple. It is not from the lack of trying; but rather, the structures of opportunity have shifted, making it difficult to attain any level of economic security or move up economically through greater income. The book specifically examines the unique economic structures of the city of San Diego, California.

Keywords:   Urban revitalization, Urban poor, Working poor, Informal economy, Labor market, Service work, America, San Diego

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