Half of the world’s population lives in cities, and a growing proportion – today one billion – lives in ‘slums’ and informal settlements. Many of the urban poor engage in collective strategies to secure their housing, earn a living, and defend their interests. Their claims often conflict with the demands of other urban groups over access to resources, space and power. They also challenge the definitions of urban authorities and city planners regarding which claims are to be seen as legitimate. Thus, the work for change is slow and fraught with difficulties, but nevertheless has seen significant advances across the world.
This volume focuses on the informal and formalised networks and associations of urban poor and their significance for strengthening people’s political, social and economic position in the city. The authors are representatives of organisations by urban poor, of organisations working in support of their claims, of urban governments, and scholars. Together they emphatically display how urban poor today are claiming their right to the city.
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2014. , 210 p.