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Hans-Peter Michels

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The concept of an ‘underclass’ originates in the United States and is wide-spread in political and social science discourse today. Its power is most visible in discussions about deep cuts to social safety nets. The foundation of this discourse is the assigning of negative character traits and behaviours to poor people. This promotes the claim that they have brought negative consequences upon themselves and furthers the idea that poor people are personally responsible for their poverty. Discussion about an ‘underclass’ must be understood in the larger context of a comprehensive neoliberal ideological transformation, or ‘Newspeak’. Newspeak is implicitly based on the schema of a game in which everyone has the same chances, but which inevitably results in winners and losers.

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Burkhard Bierhoff and Hans-Peter Michels

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Poj Lertchoosakul, Alena Haddley, Radhakrishnan Nair and Michel Weber

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For an integer b > 1 let (φb(n))n≥0 denote the van der Corput sequence base in b in [0, 1). Answering a question of O. Strauch, C. Aistleitner and M. Hofer showed that the distribution function of (φb(n), φb(n + 1), . . . , φb(n + s − 1))n≥0 on [0, 1)s exists and is a copula. The first and third authors of the present paper showed that this phenomenon extends to a broad class of subsequences of the van der Corput sequence. In this result we extend this paper still further and show that this phenomenon is also true for more general numeration systems based on the beta expansion of W. Parry and A. Rényi.