This reissue, initially published in 1989, considers the upsurge of locally-based movements attempting to improve living conditions in Third-World cities throughout the 1980s. The book presents qualitative, comparative research on the dynamics and constraints of these urban social movements, in a cross-cultural framework, using case studies from a variety of Latin American, African and Asian countries.
As more democratic-type regimes establish themselves in the Third World, the possibilities for collective organisations and actions increase. Urban social movements therefore are playing an increasingly important role in the habitat of the poor.
Table of Contents
1. Urban Social Movements: Between Regressive Utopia and Socialist Panacea 2. Collective Organisation and Action in Squatter Settlements in Arequipa, Peru 3. Neighbourhood associations in Buenos Aires: Contradictions within Contradictions 4. Clientelism, Competition and Poverty: The Ineffectiveness of Local Organisations in a Madras Slum 5. The Limits of Territorial Social Movements: The Case of Housing in Karachi 6. Crossroads: The Rise and Fall of a Squatter Movement in Cape Town, South Africa 7. Between Utopia and Strategy: A Case Study of Brazilian Urban Social Movement 8. Power and Independence: The Struggle for Identity and Integrity in Urban Social Movements 9. The Chilean Squatter Movement and the State 10. Continuity and Change in the Urban Poor Movement of Manila, the Philipines