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Development and Cities

Author(s): David Westendorff
Programme Area: Governance (2000 - 2009)
Project Title: Urban Governance
No. of Pages: 368

Technical versus popular language: some reflections on the vocabulary of urban management in Mexico and Brazil, by Hélène Rivière d’Arc

Despite improvements in access to urban land and services since the 1980s, in both Brazil and Mexico, the consolidation of peripheral urban settlements has accentuated social segregation. Such trends highlight the continuing existence of poverty on a global scale. How have urban planners and urban managers chosen to frame the challenges facing low-income communities? How far does the language used by the technical experts allow them to engage in a dialogue with the people living in these marginalised communities, who place little faith in the outcomes of negotiations with the state?

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