Advancing urban rights. Equality and diversity in the city

Advancing urban rights. Equality and diversity in the city

Publication date:
12/2019
Author:
Eva Garcia-Chueca, Senior Research Fellow and Scientific Coordinator of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB and Lorenzo Vidal, Researcher and Project Manager, CIDOB (Eds.)
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Monografías CIDOB nº. 76

How can the set of rights that underpin the notion of the “right to the city” be advanced? In seeking answers to this question over several decades, social mobilisations have been assembled and new political and legal frameworks promoted. New interpretations and political articulations of the right to the city, especially those that have emerged since the end of the 2000s, encourage us to view it through the lens of identity politics. They propose that attention should be given to the diversity of the social groups that live in urban environments, whose voice and agency must be recognised in the construction of the city in the interests of equality and social justice.

Addressing these issues not only involves recognising and valuing the subjects that have historically been marginalised in the construction of urban space, both physical and symbolic. It also means bearing in mind that the city materialises and is experienced in a different way by the different groups that inhabit it through their practices, uses of it and, in short, how their daily life takes shape.

Local governments in various corners of the world have worked over the past two decades to respond to the challenge of promoting diversity and equality in the city through rights policies. Similarly, metropolitan areas are subject to new frameworks of metropolitan and multilevel governance that seek to respond to the pressing social, political, economic and cultural challenges that divide their territories between centres and peripheries. In parallel, urban civil society has for several decades promoted initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life and recognition of the urban dweller as a political actor and rights-holder.

This CIDOB monograph engages with these issues, focusing, in particular, on identifying and analysing redistribution and recognition policies, especially at local level, institutional change and social production of the city in an increasingly urban world.

Palabras clave: right to the city, urban rights, diversity, equality, city, local governments

ISBN: 978-84-92511-75-4

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

INTRODUCTION
Eva Garcia-Chueca and Lorenzo Vidal

THE RIGHT TO THE CITY AS A RIGHT TO DIFFERENCE

Michele Grigolo
Understanding the right to the city as the right to difference

Jordi Borja
The right to the city: from the street to globalisation

FOSTERING EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY AT LOCAL LEVEL

JoAnn Kamuf Ward
Human rights as a means to advance equity and embrace difference: lessons from US cities

Thomas Angotti
Diverse cities: the legacy of colonialism and persistence of racism in New York City

Jaime Morales
Innovation and hope: the right to the city in Mexico City's new government (2018–2024)

Shams Asadi
From the Vienna Charter for neighbourly relations to Vienna as a City of Human Rights

Enrique López
Madrid City Council’s Strategic Human Rights Plan: lessons learned (2015–2019)

Haleemah Alamoush
Amman, a welcoming city for migrants and refugees

Soo A Kim
Policies, tools and mechanisms to build a human rights city: the experience of Gwangju

Jordi Baltà
Cultural policies, the right to the city and the right to difference: reflections on the Agenda 21 for culture

BOTTOM-UP CITY-MAKING

Alexandre Apsan Frediani
The “right to the city” as an ethos of engagement: lessons from civil society experiences in the Global South

Irene Escorihuela
Promoting the right to the city from below: experiences of co-creation in Europe

METROPOLITAN AND MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORKS

Ricard Gomà
The metropolitan construction of the right to the city:towards innovative governance models

Antonio Aniesa
Polycentrism and the right to the city in metropolitan areas

Fernando Carrión
The right to the city and multilevel governance in Latin America

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  • Eva Garcia Chueca

    Eva GARCIA CHUECA

    Senior Research Fellow and Scientific Coordinator of the Global Cities Programme

    @eva_gchueca

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