Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

Defending Politically Vulnerable Organizations Online

A new report published by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) details how media outlets, human rights groups, NGOs, and other politically vulnerable organizations face significant cybersecurity threats—often at the … Continue reading

Saturday, 28 July 2018 · Leave a comment

What Can ‘Disruptive Urban Technologies’ Tell Us about Power, Visibility and the Right to the City?

If urban scholars are to go beyond an approach that addresses the creation of the technological city as a slash-and-burn approach, aiming to radically reorder the social in the mode … Continue reading

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 · Leave a comment

The End of Public Space (Redux?)

Originally posted on urbanculturalstudies:
Don Mitchell (1995, 2016) has debated the nature public space, and why under late capitalism, public space has a tendency to both ‘end’ and be produced…

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count

In February 2018, Slum Dwellers International (SDI) launched a landmark publication titled “Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count,” showcasing the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City (KYC) campaign to … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 April 2018 · Leave a comment