Publication: Claiming the City: Civil Society Mobilisation by the Urban Poor (2014)


Half of the world’s population
lives in cities, and a growing proportion – today one billion – lives in
‘slums’ and informal settlements. Many of the urban poor engage in collective
strategies to secure their housing, earn a living, and defend their interests.
Their claims often conflict with the demands of other urban groups over access
to resources, space and power. They also challenge the definitions of urban
authorities and city planners regarding which claims are to be seen as
legitimate. Thus, the work for change is slow and fraught with difficulties,
but nevertheless has seen significant advances across the world.

volume focuses on the informal and formalised networks and associations of
urban poor and their significance for strengthening people’s political, social
and economic position in the city. The authors are representatives of
organisations by urban poor, of organisations working in support of their
claims, of urban governments, and scholars. Together they emphatically display
how urban poor today are claiming their right to the city.

whole book can be downloaded here (3.2 MB); or download each
article separately below.


Heidi Moksnes

Towards an
inclusive urban planning and practice

Diana Mitlin

The Right to the
City: Struggles and proposals for the urban reform

Lorena Zárate

The Right to the
City: Progress, prospects and challenges in Malawi

Siku Nkhoma and Sarah Jameson

People’s Federation Philippines, Inc: How we work

Ruby Papeleras

The Street
Vendor Project

Derrick Wilmot

Thematic perspectives

Waste pickers’
cooperatives in Brazil: Social inclusion while recycling

João Damasio

The visible and
the invisible

Anna Erlandson

Securing local
ownership, and the architect’s dilemma

Andrea Fitrianto

The Cuttac Ring
Road resettlement project

Anna Vindelman

Waste pickers’
urban environmental services and sustainability

João Damasio

Municipal urban
planning with the Right to the City approach: Mexico City

Juan José García Ochoa

Constested urban visions in the
global South

Andrew Byerley

evictions, off-city relocation and resistance: Ramifications of neo-liberal
policies towards the Philippine urban poor

Myra Mabilin

neo-liberal urbanism in Istanbul: The case of Taksim Square and beyond

Onur Ekmekci

Offline dimensions
of favela youth online reactions to human rights violations before Rio 2016

Leonardo Custódio

From legality to
an urbanism of reception in the informal city

Júlia Carolino and Ermelindo Quaresma

Violence and urban politics

Steffen Jensen and Jesper Bjarnesen

The badass and
the asshole: Violence and the positioned subjectivities of street youth in
Mexico City

Roy Gigengack

Criminal bands
and the future of urban Tanzania: How life has been redefined

Colman T Msoka

Urban youth
delinquency: Proliferation of criminal gangs and neighbourhood violence in
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Reazul Haque and Ebney Ayaj Rana

Outlook on Civil Society is a book series addressing
and critically discussing the mounting interest in civil society and its
potential role in promoting democracy and development. The volumes bring
together international contributors with a broad range of competences,
from researchers, policy makers, professionals within international development
cooperation to activists. Four volumes have been published in the series:

Power to the People? (Con-)Tested
Civil society in Search of Democracy(2010)

Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World(2012)

in Civil Society: Religious Actors as Drivers of Change (2013)

Claiming the City: Civil Society Mobilisation by the Urban Poor

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