Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Inequalities in the twenty-first century

We need to step back and ask: how are different kinds of inequality related and which matter most? What are the underlying forces that come together to create them? And … Continue reading

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 · Leave a comment

Of (not) being neighbors: cities, citizens and climate change in an age of migrations

Borders are back with a vengeance. From the Americas to the Mediterranean, borders cut through the increasingly integrated world in a way that exposes the inside-outside logic of contemporary capitalism. … Continue reading

Friday, 12 April 2019 · Leave a comment

A Journey from Petare to Dharavi — {FAVEL issues}

A year ago, as part of a design studio course in the Universidad Simón Bolívar I had the opportunity to analyze one of the most intriguing places of Caracas: “La … Continue reading

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 · Leave a comment

Shifting neighborhoods: Gentrification and cultural displacement in American cities

Since 2000, gentrification and cultural displacement have grown in American cities, while many low-income neighborhoods and towns remain starved of investment. Gentrification is a process where areas with traditionally lower … Continue reading

Saturday, 6 April 2019 · Leave a comment

PODCAST: What You Need to Know About Slums Around the World

Source: PODCAST: What You Need to Know About Slums Around the World Diana Mitlin, is a professor of global urbanism at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. … Continue reading

Friday, 11 January 2019 · Leave a comment

City-to-City Cooperation and the Promise of a Democratic “Right to the City”

This paper draws on the example of partnerships between Brazilian and Mozambican cities to critique attempts to democratise urban governance and development through city-to-city cooperation. As an expression of the … Continue reading

Monday, 17 December 2018 · Leave a comment

Cities and the political imagination

How can we recognize the political in the city? How might urban scholars engage with forms of urban politics outside of established sites of research such as those associated with … Continue reading

Sunday, 18 November 2018 · Leave a comment

Human Rights as an Ideology? Obstacles and Benefits

[Behind paywall] Sociology has an important part to play in understanding human rights. In this article, I trace obstacles within sociology to theoretically conceptualize human rights as an ideology. These … Continue reading

Thursday, 20 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Central Banks, Technocratic Power, and the Fear of Democracy — Economic Sociology and Political Economy

Jacqueline Best has an interesting new article that starts with catchy and provocative analogy and then presents thought-provoking discussion and arguments: “What do border guards and central bankers have in … Continue reading

Thursday, 13 September 2018 · Leave a comment