The Politics of Slums in the Global South

The Politics of Slums in the Global South : Urban Informality in Brazil, India, South Africa and Peru

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Seeing urban politics from the perspective of those who reside in slums offers an important dimension to the study of urbanism in the global South. Many people living in sub-standard conditions do not have their rights as urban citizens recognised and realise that they cannot rely on formal democratic channels or governance structures.

Through in-depth case studies and comparative research, The Politics of Slums in the Global South: Urban Informality in Brazil, India, South Africa and Peru integrates conceptual discussions on urban political dynamics with empirical material from research undertaken in Rio de Janeiro, Delhi, Chennai, Cape Town, Durban and Lima. The chapters engage with the relevant literature and present empirical material on urban governance and cities in the South, housing policy for the urban poor, the politics of knowledge and social mobilisation. Recent theories on urban informality and subaltern urbanism are explored, and the issue of popular participation in public interventions is critically assessed.

The book is aimed at a scholarly readership of postgraduate students and researchers in development studies, urban geography, political science, urban sociology and political geography. It is also of great value to urban decision-makers and practitioners.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 20.32mm | 499g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 Line drawings, black and white; 9 Halftones, black and white; 2 Tables, black and white
  • 1138839817
  • 9781138839816

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Situating the politics of slums within the `urban turn' Einar Braathen, Veronique Dupont, David Jordhus-Lier and Catherine Sutherland Chapter 2. National and urban contexts of the settlement cases: an overview Einar Braathen, Veronique Dupont, David Jordhus-Lier Catherine Sutherland and Carlos Escalante Estrada Chapter 3. Policies towards substandard settlements Catherine Sutherland, Einar Braathen, Veronique Dupont and David Jordhus-Lier Chapter 4. Settlement stories I: A question of knowledge? Veronique Dupont and Shankare Gowda, David Jordhus-Lier, Pamela Tsolekile de Wet, Catherine Sutherland, Einar Braathen, Lisa Strauch and Michaela Hordijk Chapter 5. Knowledge and power in upgrading and resettlement initiatives David Jordhus-Lier, Einar Braathen, Veronique Dupont and Catherine Sutherland Chapter 6. Settlement stories II: Communities responses Einar Braathen, Catherine Sutherland, David Jordhus-Lier, Lisa Strauch, Michaela Hordijk, Veronique Dupont and R. Dhanalakshmi Chapter 7. Modalities of social mobilisation Veronique Dupont, David Jordhus-Lier, Einar Braathen, Catherine Sutherland andCarlos Escalante Estrada Chapter 8. Conclusion Catherine Sutherland, David Jordhus-Lier, Einar Braathen and Veronique Dupont
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"This book aims to understand the politics of slums, particularly how struggles for secure housing and improved living conditions in substandard Southern settlements reveal the power struggles and tensions of urbanization processes.
Focusing on six cities - Rio de Janeiro, Delhi, Chennai, Durban, Cape Town and Lima - and 11 case studies of informal settlements, many of which are impacted by large-scale infrastructure projects, the authors discuss processes of settlement formation, demolition, upgrading and resettlement. These analyses are embedded within globalized debates on the neoliberal city. Urban development is conceptually positioned along a diverse set of debates around topics including social (non-) movements, civil society, coping strategies, collective action, spaces of citizenship, the quiet encroachment of the ordinary, and insurgent urbanism."
Environment & Urbanization
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About David Jordhus-Lier

Veronique Dupont is Senior Research Fellow at the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in the Centre for Social Sciences Studies on Africa, America and Asia (CESSMA), Paris, France.

David Jordhus-Lier is Associate Professor in the Department for Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Norway.

Catherine Sutherland is Lecturer in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Einar Braathen is Senior Researcher in the Department for International Studies at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), Oslo, Norway.
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