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Urban Social Movements in the Third World

1st Edition

Edited by Frans Schuurman, Ton Van Naerssen


230 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Development

Routledge Library Editions: Development will re-issue works which address economic, political and social aspects of development. Published over more than four decades these books trace the emergence of development as one of the most important contemporary issues and one of the key areas of study for modern social science.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries