The Latin American City / Edition 1

The Latin American City / Edition 1

by Alan Gilbert
     
 

Latin America now contains some of the world's largest cities. The mass migration from country to city has placed an enormous strain on the region's already inadequate infrastructure and services of cities such as Bogotá and Caracas.

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Latin America now contains some of the world's largest cities. The mass migration from country to city has placed an enormous strain on the region's already inadequate infrastructure and services of cities such as Bogotá and Caracas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780853459385
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
A Latin America Bureau Book Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1The urban landscape1
Santafe de Bogota2
Caracas7
Guadalajara11
Rio de Janeiro14
La Paz18
2The growth of the Latin American city23
Back in time23
From a rural to an urban society26
The shape of the city29
Economic development and urban growth31
Urban primacy and the growth of megacities34
3The move to the city39
The rural scene41
The nature of migration44
To which cities do migrants move?47
Changes in the migration process49
The impact of economic recession51
The effects of migration on the city52
Return migration54
4The world of work57
How do people earn a living?57
The theory of over-urbanisation59
Unemployment61
The informal sector65
What is the role of the informal sector?67
The informal sector: expansion or decline?71
The situation of women74
Child labour75
5Housing strategies79
The city before 195079
The rise of self-help housing80
Acquiring land84
Building a home85
The struggle for services90
Owners, tenants and sharers93
Self-help housing: solution or exploitation?96
6Urban management103
Services and infrastructure104
The administration of service delivery108
Transport113
Pollution and the environment119
Disasters123
7Urban protest127
Why is there so little protest?128
(1)Community attitudes128
(2)Clientelism132
(3)Leadership and co-optation132
(4)Repression134
Urban social movements136
After the Mexico City earthquake137
The rise of new social movements142
Protest during the recession145
8The future of the city155
National economic growth155
The changing international division of labour156
Demographic pressure160
Urban employment162
Governance163
Repaying the social debt168
Income inequality169
Bibliography171
Index185

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