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Housing and Belonging in Latin America

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Volume 105

CEDLA Latin America Studies

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Housing and Belonging in Latin America

Edited by Christien Klaufus and Arij Ouweneel

344 pages, 48 illus., 7 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-740-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 2015)

eISBN 978-1-78238-741-1 eBook

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“The main contribution of this book is to offer different disciplinary approaches and methodologies that illuminate and critique the fundamental contradictions of urban housing, experience, and citizenship in Latin America….[The]  introduction does an admirable job of framing the main themes.” • Hispanic American Historical Review

“…the book offers a row of good, interesting articles providing new perspectives on a series of topics related to the growth and change processes in Latin American cities…the book is definitively a must for everyone interested in recent development trends of Latin American cities and can only be warmly recommended.” • Anthropos

“I highly recommend this collection of essays; the volume offersmuch-needed insight into low-income communities that have often been portrayed as a stigma in LatinAmerican urbanism. In addition, the book represents a major contribution to the fields of anthropology, sociology, urban ethnography, human geography, architecture, and Latin American studies and the thoughtful way in which the concepts are analyzed offers a chance to rethink Latin American urbanism in a more critical way.” • Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology


The intricacies of living in contemporary Latin American cities include cases of both empowerment and restriction. In Lima, residents built their own homes and formed community organizations, while in Rio de Janeiro inhabitants of the favelas needed to be “pacified” in anticipation of international sporting events. Aspirations to “get ahead in life” abound in the region, but so do multiple limitations to realizing the dream of upward mobility. This volume captures the paradoxical histories and experiences of urban life in Latin America, offering new empirical and theoretical insights to scholars.

Christien Klaufus is Assistant Professor of Human Geography at CEDLA. She is the author of Urban Residence: Housing and Social Transformations in Globalizing Ecuador (Berghahn Books 2012) and a number of scholarly articles on urbanization and cultural dynamics in Latin America.

Arij Ouweneel is an Associate Professor at CEDLA and was special Professor of Historical Anthropology of the Amerindian peoples at the Universiteit Utrecht from 1999 to 2004. His latest book is Freudian Fadeout: The Failings of Psychoanalysis in Film Criticism (McFarland 2012).

Subject: Urban Studies Sociology
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


List of Figures and Tables

Introduction: Taking up Residency: Spatial Reconfigurations and the Struggle to Belong in Urban Latin America
Christien Klaufus


Chapter 1. The Consolidation of the Latin American City and the Changing Bases for Social Order
Bryan R. Roberts

Chapter 2. Proximity, Crime, Politics and Design: Medellín’s Popular Neighbourhoods and the Experience of Belonging
Gerard Martin and Marijke Martin


Chapter 3. Debe Ser Esfuerzo Propio: Aspirations and Belongings of the Young Generation in the Old Barriadas of Southern Lima, Peru
Michaela Hordijk

Chapter 4. Housing Inheritance and Succession among Pioneer Squatters and Self Builders: A Mexican Case Study
Erika Denisse Grajeda

Chapter 5.Favela Modelo’: A Study on Housing, Belonging and Civic Engagement in a ‘Pacified’ Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Palloma Menezes


Chapter 6. Housing Policy in the City of Buenos Aires: Some Reflections on the Programa Federal
Fernando Ostuni and Jean-Louis Van Gelder

Chapter 7. The Boom of High-Rise Apartment Buildings in Buenos Aires: New Spaces of Residentiality or a Motor of Disintegration?
Jan Dohnke and Corinna Hölzl

Chapter 8. Living With Style in My Casa GEO: Large-scale Housing Conjuntos in Urban Mexico
Cristina Inclán-Valadez


Chapter 9. Illiterate Modernists: Tracking the Dissemination of Architectural Knowledge in Brazilian Favelas
Fernando Luiz Lara

Chapter 10. Towards Belonging: Design and Dwelling Practices in Santa Marta, Colombia
Peter Kellett

Chapter 11. (Re)Building the City of Medellín: Beyond State Rhetoric vs. Personal Experience — A Call for Consolidated Synergies
Jota (José) Samper and Tamera Marko


Chapter 12. Home and Belonging: Reflections From Urban Mexico
Ann Varley

Chapter 13. One Block at a Time: Performing the Neighbourhood
Arij Ouweneel

List of Contributors

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