Changing economy and social structure of East London

Tim Butler, Chris Hamnett, Sadiq Mir and Mark Ramsden

in Ethnicity, class and aspiration

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426512
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302223 | DOI:
Changing economy and social structure of East London

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This chapter examines the changes in the social structure and economy of East London, England, from the 1970s to the 2000s. It outlines the changes that have taken place in London's economic role over the last 40 years as its manufacturing industry has largely disappeared, and as it has become one of the major global-financial centres. The chapter explains that the last 40 years have witnessed the closure of the docks and de-industrialisation, and that the associated changes in occupational class structure were replaced by a growing managerial and professional class.

Keywords: social structure; economy; East London; England; manufacturing industry; financial centre; occupational class; dock closures; de-industrialisation

Chapter.  8577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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