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Social Resistances and the Creation of Another Way of Thinking in the Peripheral “Self-Constructed Popular Neighborhoods”: Examples from Mexico, Argentina, and Bolivia

Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, University Hill, 81100 Mytilene, Greece
Urban Sci. 2018, 2(1), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2010027
Received: 13 February 2018 / Revised: 12 March 2018 / Accepted: 14 March 2018 / Published: 19 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Inequality)
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Abstract

This study refers to urban social movements, creative social resistances, and the collectives that are emerging today in “self-constructed popular neighborhoods” (“barrios de auto-construcción popular” in Latin-American, Spanish bibliography; “quartiers d’auto-construction populaire” in French bibliography and “self-help housing” in Anglophone bibliography), with a special focus on the new characteristics of these movements and the poetics of their daily practices. Firstly, a cartographic approach is explained through the concept of eco-landscapes; a qualitative analysis follows based on interviews and a review of the secondary literature. In particular, this research focuses on cases of movements and collectives in villas in South Greater Buenos Aires, barrios of Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl in the Metropolitan Area of Mexico City, and barrios of El Alto in the Metropolitan Area of La Paz. It shows that the poetics of creative resistances question the symbolic power of territorial stigmatization. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban social movements; other societies in movement; autoconstrucción popular; self-help housing; change habitus; urban banishment; Mexico City; La Paz–El Alto; Buenos Aires; creative social resistances urban social movements; other societies in movement; autoconstrucción popular; self-help housing; change habitus; urban banishment; Mexico City; La Paz–El Alto; Buenos Aires; creative social resistances
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Petropoulou, C.C. Social Resistances and the Creation of Another Way of Thinking in the Peripheral “Self-Constructed Popular Neighborhoods”: Examples from Mexico, Argentina, and Bolivia. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 27.

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