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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853459385
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: A Latin America Bureau Book Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Gilbert is Professor of Geography at University College in London.

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Table of Contents

1 The urban landscape 1
Santafe de Bogota 2
Caracas 7
Guadalajara 11
Rio de Janeiro 14
La Paz 18
2 The growth of the Latin American city 23
Back in time 23
From a rural to an urban society 26
The shape of the city 29
Economic development and urban growth 31
Urban primacy and the growth of megacities 34
3 The move to the city 39
The rural scene 41
The nature of migration 44
To which cities do migrants move? 47
Changes in the migration process 49
The impact of economic recession 51
The effects of migration on the city 52
Return migration 54
4 The world of work 57
How do people earn a living? 57
The theory of over-urbanisation 59
Unemployment 61
The informal sector 65
What is the role of the informal sector? 67
The informal sector: expansion or decline? 71
The situation of women 74
Child labour 75
5 Housing strategies 79
The city before 1950 79
The rise of self-help housing 80
Acquiring land 84
Building a home 85
The struggle for services 90
Owners, tenants and sharers 93
Self-help housing: solution or exploitation? 96
6 Urban management 103
Services and infrastructure 104
The administration of service delivery 108
Transport 113
Pollution and the environment 119
Disasters 123
7 Urban protest 127
Why is there so little protest? 128
(1) Community attitudes 128
(2) Clientelism 132
(3) Leadership and co-optation 132
(4) Repression 134
Urban social movements 136
After the Mexico City earthquake 137
The rise of new social movements 142
Protest during the recession 145
8 The future of the city 155
National economic growth 155
The changing international division of labour 156
Demographic pressure 160
Urban employment 162
Governance 163
Repaying the social debt 168
Income inequality 169
Bibliography 171
Index 185
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