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SouqBiblio: international annotated bibliography (number 3)

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Benedetto Saraceno


1) World Health Organization & UN Habitat (2010). Hidden Cities: unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings. Geneva-Kobe, WHO.

This Report was carried out through a collaboration between the OMS Centre for Health Development of Kobe and the Habitat Programme of the United Nations.
The report supplies up to date information regarding the dramatic health inequities that characterize urban contexts both in rich and poor countries. The urban settlements of the poor have reached gigantic proportions and national and local governments are not able to deal with the phenomenon providing replies that are correct and efficient. The intersection between poverty, exclusion from society, the violation of the rights of poor urban populations and health conditions (both in terms of mortality and disability) has become a knot, complicated as much as it is unavoidable. Solutions can't be limited exclusively to health care but have to tackle significant processes of redistribution of wealth, the advancement of rights, the politics of social inclusion and "empowerment" that require a radical transformation both of the thought of public health and the current practices of governments and administrators of the city . The report also gives various interesting examples of "good practices" carried out in different cities throughout the world.

2) Mosse D (2010). A relational approach to durable poverty, inequality and power. Journal of Development Studies 46 (7):1156-78.

Poverty is not only the result of historically established economic conditions but is an effect of processes of social and identity categorization. The article, partly inspired by the theories of Steven Lukes, Pierre Bourdieu and Arjun Appaduraj, develops the notion of the politicization of poverty and discusses the processes and the strategies that can help or instead prevent poverty from becoming a political power.

3) Hickey S. (2010). The government of chronic poverty: from exclusion to citizenship?
Journal of Development Studies 46(7):1139-55.

Active processes promoting citizenship have significant effects on the reduction of poverty. The authors give concrete examples in support of the theory that promotional actions for citizenship and initiatives for the reduction of poverty are synergistic and mutually influential processes.

4) Urban Social Forum 2010 (Rio de Janeiro, Brasile, March, 2010)

The Social Urban Forum 2010 was held in Rio, and organized by the Movement for the Social Organizations of Rio de Janeiro involved in the fight for the rights of citizenship, urban justice and urban rights. Roughly 50.000 people from all over the world took part. The participants discussed the failures of the politics of "poverty alleviation" proposed by the leading agencies for development and international Banks. The Forum promoted meetings, exchanges of experiences and the formation of networks interested in a dialogue between experiences of urban justice promoted from the "bottom". The points discussed this year were: The Criminalization of Poverty and Urban Violence (the Criminalization of immigrants, Racism, Homophobia, Discrimination of type, Repression of Grass Roots Community Movements); Environmental Justice in the City (Organization of urban spaces, Regularization of squatting, Change in Climate e Megalopolis); Important Urban Projects (interurban Mobility, Expulsion of inhabitants in favour of mega urban projects, Speculative overbuilding, Globalization and Capitalismo in megalopolis).

5) Caritas Ambrosiana( edited by: Massari L, Molteni A). Justice and security. Urban, social and penal Politics. Carocci 2010

In political discourse and media comunication, the word "security" has ended up meaning almost uniquely a defense against criminality and deviant, dangerous, and troublesome behavour. Political debates have become saturated with this way of intending security, especially at election times; on one hand speeches regarding justice, politics and social support have quietened down, while on the other hand instruments for the detection and separation of "dangerous classes" have become more established than ever before. In this way, practices based on the definition of risks and the prediction of crimes, on the surveillance of subjects and populations and on the repression of various behaviour described as cause of danger or source of disorder are justified. The essays contained in the volume attempt to highlight the political and ethical shortcut represented by only repressive and punishing replies, and offer considerations that review the tie between justice and security.

*If the texts of the articles, reports, and documents indicated by SouqBiblio are not found through the consultation of the magazines mentioned, they can usually be traced through a research on Google.




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The study centre wishes to study the phenomenon of urban suffering, in other words the suffering that is specific to the great metropolises. Urban Suffering is a category that describes the meeting of individual suffering with the social fabric that they inhabit. The description, the understanding and the transformation of the psychological and social dynamics that develop from the meeting of ...

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