Urban revolution and civil rights


It approaches the questions of the urbanism, of the city as public space and the citizenship as status that assigns rights and equal duties to all the persons who coexist in a territory. It examines, of critical form, how the dominant guidelines of urbanization deny the democratic igalitarian and solidary vocation of the wished city.

It exhibits “the right to the city” as analytical and critical concept of the urbanization, and as of integration concept of the strategies and actions of resistance to the guidelines urbanizadoras dominant.

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Few books are nourished as this one of the experience of the author in public charges and in social movements, as well as of his career education and his professional practice. Saving the lack of coordination between the academic specialized disciplines and the multidimensional reality of the urban thing, all these facets combine in ” Urban revolution and civil rights “, that approaches fundamental questions of the urbanism, of the city as public space and the citizenship as status that assigns duties and equal rights to all the persons who coexist in a territory.

Likewise, it examines critically how the dominant guidelines of urbanization deny the democratic igalitarian and solidary vocation of the wished city. Finally, it exhibits ” the right to the city ” as analytical and critical concept of the urbanization, and as of integration concept of the strategies and actions of resistance to the guidelines urbanizadoras dominant.

“The right to the city has the quality of integrating the rights that we have mentioned previously: to the housing, to the public space, to the access to the centralidad, to the mobility, to the visibility in the urban fabric, to the local identity, etc. But his exercise needs to affect in the process of capital accumulation. For example a mortgage bank powerful public, the publificación of the urban and urbanizable soil, an urban development and fiscal legislation that stems the speculation and guarantees the social mixture, etc. His efficiency will depend on that obtain all simultaneously as well as new ” new rights ” of socio-economic and political character like the public education and the continued formation, the basic revenue, the same constitutional and social laws for all the residents, etc. It is a question of generating a civil complex salary that reduces radically the appreciation generated by the urbanization. We use the concept of civil rights and not “human rights” to link them to the rights and duties that form the citizen’s statute. The exigency of rights is a key question when a change of epoch is lived. If one does not fight and there are not obtained the new rights that the current company demands, a democratic regression takes place. That is what happens at present.”

Edited for: Publishing Alliance, Madrid
Language: Castilian
ISBN: 978- 84- 206- 7854-2
Year: 2013
Author: Jordi Borja

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