In Mexico City, as in many other large cities worldwide,
contemporary modes of urban governance have overwhelmingly
benefited affluent populations and widened social inequalities.
Disinvestment from social housing and rent-seeking developments by
real estate companies and land speculators have resulted in the
displacement of low-income populations to the urban periphery.
Public social spaces have been eliminated to make way for luxury
apartments and business interests. Low-income neighbourhoods are
often stigmatized by dominant social forces to justify their
demolition. The urban poor have however negotiated and resisted
these developments in a range of ways. This text explores these
urban dynamics in Mexico City and beyond, looking at the material
and symbolic mechanisms through which urban marginality is produced
and contested. It seeks to understand how things might be
otherwise, how the city might be geared towards more inclusive
forms of belonging and citizenship.
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