Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Food safety and nutrition for low-income urbanites

Equitable access to healthy food is a critical challenge in urban Asia. Food safety governance promotes modern supermarkets over more traditional markets, but supermarkets are associated with unequal access to … Continue reading

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 · Leave a comment

Inequality, good governance, and endemic corruption

Can a society suffering contests between rich and poor achieve good governance in the face of endemic corruption? We examine a stylized poor state with weak institutions in which a … Continue reading

Sunday, 21 July 2019 · Leave a comment

Cities Made of Boundaries: Mapping Social Life in Urban Form

Cities Made of Boundaries presents the theoretical foundation and concepts for a new social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type (BLT) Mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish … Continue reading

Saturday, 20 July 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s in a Word? The Conceptual Politics of ‘Informal’ Street Trade in Dar es Salaam

Focussing on policies towards urban street trade in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in this paper I illustrate how despite the widely acknowledged limits to its analytical usefulness, the contested and … Continue reading

Sunday, 7 July 2019 · Leave a comment

Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary

“Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary” is a stimulating collection of over 100 essays on transformative alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalized development, including its structural roots in modernity, capitalism, … Continue reading

Saturday, 29 June 2019 · Leave a comment

The State and the Origins of Informal Economic Activity

Understanding the root causes of informal economic activity is crucial for the effective governance of the informal sphere. Precisely what these root causes are, however, is subject to significant debate. … Continue reading

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Borderslums — {FAVEL issues}

The U.S.-Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates the first and bleeds. ––Gloria Anzaldúa According to Gloria Anzaldúa, borders define the safe from the unsafe and … Continue reading

Monday, 17 June 2019 · Leave a comment

What older people need in Singapore: A household budgets study

In this study, we conducted focus group discussions to ascertain how ordinary Singaporeans think about what constitutes basic needs in Singapore today, and to determine the household budgets necessary to … Continue reading

Sunday, 16 June 2019 · Leave a comment

The City of Justice

Defining the city requires a spanning of matter and meaning, corporeality and abstraction, tangibility and inaccessibility, humanity and nonhumanity. The most prominent difficulty in defining the city is that, while … Continue reading

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 · Leave a comment