Revisiting the ‘ghetto’ in the New Berlin Republic: immigrant youths, territorial stigmatisation and the devaluation of local educational capital, 1999–2010
Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2013
© 2013 European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 336–355, August 2013
How to Cite
Eksner, H. J. (2013), Revisiting the ‘ghetto’ in the New Berlin Republic: immigrant youths, territorial stigmatisation and the devaluation of local educational capital, 1999–2010. Social Anthropology, 21: 336–355. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12032
- Issue online: 23 AUG 2013
- Version of Record online: 23 AUG 2013
- territorial stigmatisation;
- immigrant youth;
- educational capital;
Today the ‘ghetto’ has become a key trope in both public and social science discourse on urban marginality in Germany – despite overwhelming empirical evidence that rejects the notion. The article traces the ‘ghetto’ as an imagined geographic space as well as social relation imbued with social meaning. It analyses the ghettoisation of residents in Berlin's marginalised zones in relation to the devaluation of educational capital attainable there. Centrally, it interrogates how the meaning young residents in these zones make of this on-going process, and their responses to it, are inherent to the neoliberal project of the New Berlin Republic.