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Latin American urban development into the twenty-first century: towards a renewed perspective on the city

Rodgers, Dennis, Beall, Jo and Kanbur, Ravi (2011) Latin American urban development into the twenty-first century: towards a renewed perspective on the city. European Journal of Development Research, 23 (4). pp. 550-568. ISSN 0957-8811

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Abstract

This article argues for a more systemic engagement with Latin American cities, contending that it is necessary to reconsider their unity in order to nuance the fractured cities perspective that has widely come to epitomize the contemporary urban moment in the region. It begins by offering an overview of regional urban development trends, before exploring how the underlying imaginary of the city has critically shifted over the past half century. Focusing in particular on the way that slums and shantytowns have been conceived, it traces how the predominant conception of the Latin American city moved from a notion of unity to a perception of fragmentation, highlighting how this had critically negative ramifications for urban development agendas, and concludes with a call for a renewed vision of Latin American urban life.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejdr/index.html
Additional Information: © 2011 European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes
Library of Congress subject classification: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 10:16
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38916/

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