Social Resistances and the Creation of Another Way of Thinking in the Peripheral "Self-Constructed Popular Neighborhoods": Examples from Mexico, Argentina, and Bolivia

Chryssanthi Petropoulou
2018 Urban Science  
This study refers to urban social movements, creative social resistances, and the collectives that are emerging today in "self-constructed popular neighborhoods" ("barrios de auto-construcción popular" in Latin-American, Spanish bibliography; "quartiers d'auto-construction populaire" in French bibliography and "self-help housing" in Anglophone bibliography), with a special focus on the new characteristics of these movements and the poetics of their daily practices. Firstly, a cartographic
more » ... ch is explained through the concept of eco-landscapes; a qualitative analysis follows based on interviews and a review of the secondary literature. In particular, this research focuses on cases of movements and collectives in villas in South Greater Buenos Aires, barrios of Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl in the Metropolitan Area of Mexico City, and barrios of El Alto in the Metropolitan Area of La Paz. It shows that the poetics of creative resistances question the symbolic power of territorial stigmatization.
doi:10.3390/urbansci2010027 fatcat:vrjqaedfzjd6djahu6xfazffpm