on Fri, January 4, 2013 at 05.03 pm
Theme 1: Experiences of living in the city
We suggest we begin this discussion on urban inequalities by sharing urban experiences from towns and cities around the world. The themes that follow all identify major types of inequalities and look respectively at spatial, social, political and income-based inequalites. These first two days offer space to share acounts of the growing up and living in the city - and hopefully stories will continue to be posted on this theme in the two weeks that follow.
One of the books that had made the greatest impression on me when I began reading about urban poverty and inequality was Death Without Weeping: The violence of everyday life in Brazil, in which Scheper-Hughes describes both the 'everyday violence of shantytown life, and the madness of hunger...' and 'the women and men of the Alto in their everyday struggle to survive by means of hard work, cunning, trickery, and triage, but above all, by means of their resilience, their refusal to be negated.' That volume is now 21 years old.
Are the experiences it describes still relevant today? I have already posted a story from Zimbabwe which suggests that they are. Please share your experiences of living in the city by posting in the comments box below.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts, Diana