Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Post-Global Proto-Cities?

{FAVEL issues}

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All countries that constitute Latin America are developing countries; approximately 124 million of its urban inhabitants live in poverty. This number is manifested in the city-space, through “informal” fabric (favelas, barriospopulares, villas miseria, slums). After knowing this general information one may ask: Is this urban structure “modern”? Agreeing with Marx I say yes, because in the modern life “everything is pregnant of its contrary” (center-periphery; formal-informal) and “all that is solid melts into air”; thus, modernity is an open-ended process [1].

Cities are the figure of modernity; they represent an allegory of the crisis; although, from there we can build “new urban horizons”, since the idea of modernity is based on changing and evolving. The urban modern movements were developed in a multiplicity of regional forms, which were exported through colonization process, strengthening the modernizing world system (it means the relation between modernization-industrialization-capitalism). The crisis of…

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, 8 July 2014 by in Politics and rights.

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