Slums or the Socio-Spatial Discipline of Class Struggles?
Recently Miguel was invited to comment on an interesting documentary about the favelas (also known in English as slums, shanty towns, squatter or informal settlements) in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): As forças das favelas. Grassroots solutions from Rio de Janeiro (2013) by Rebecca Sweetman.

The presentation of the film points to a clear stance of its aims:

“Nearly one billion people alive today – one in every six human beings – are slum dwellers, and that number is likely to double by 2030, according to UN - HABITAT. The death rate for children under 5 years old who live in slums is in some areas as much as double that of children who live in other urban areas. Defined by insecure land tenure and a lack of access to infrastructure and services such as water and sanitation, education, health care, electricity, and solid waste collection, the urban poor living in slum settlements are arguably the most disadvantaged communities in the world.

In Paradigm Shift Project’s latest project, we reveal a different side of informal settlements, one of hope and inspiration, and one that motivates individuals to take action to empower local communities and organizations to take their programming to the next level. Focusing on solutions for a sustainable urban future, PSP documented the work of over 20 NGOs in Brazil and the stories of communities who have seen the difference these programs make.”
You can read Miguel's takes on the film, and, more in general, his remarks about favelas, in this working paper.

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