On the Fringes of Urban Justice : Violence and Environmental Risks in Guatemala City

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dc.contributor.author Quesada, Florencia
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-17T16:05:03Z
dc.date.available 2022-02-17T16:05:03Z
dc.date.issued 2022-01-25
dc.identifier.citation Quesada , F 2022 , ' On the Fringes of Urban Justice : Violence and Environmental Risks in Guatemala City ' , Social inclusion , vol. 10 , no. 1 , pp. 58-71 . https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v10i1.4748
dc.identifier.other PURE: 170048844
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 6736b206-3075-45a1-9243-154ed7c3dce2
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000748373200006
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-5497-4009/work/108463635
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/340598
dc.description.abstract Living in the city's ravines is the common destiny of thousands of poor urban dwellers in Guatemala City, as is too often the case elsewhere in the Global South. The ravines surrounding the city represent one of the most visible and unjust urban spaces in the nation's capital. At the same time, Guatemala City has been among the most violent cities in the world and is highly vulnerable to climate change. Employing a critical spatial perspective and drawing on interviews in two at-risk communities-Arzu and 5 de Noviembre-this article examines the social production of such peripheral spaces. The levels of exclusion and inequalities are analysed by focusing on the multiple manifestations (visible and invisible) of violence and environmental risks, and deciphering the complex dynamics of both issues, which in turn generate more unequal and harmful conditions for residents. This article draws on the theoretical ideas elaborated by Edward Soja, Mustafa Dikec, and Teresa Caldeira on the contextualisation of spatial injustice and peripheral urbanisation to study the specific conditions of urban life and analyse the collective struggles of people in both communities to improve their current living conditions and mitigate the risk and the precariousness of their existence. The article underlines the need to make the processes of urban exclusion and extreme inequality visible to better understand how they have been socially and politically constructed. The research argues for more socially and ecologically inclusive cities within the process of unequal urbanisation. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Social inclusion
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject CONFLICT
dc.subject FEMICIDE
dc.subject GANGS
dc.subject Guatemala City
dc.subject INSECURITY
dc.subject RIGHTS
dc.subject environmental risks
dc.subject exclusion
dc.subject insecurity
dc.subject precarious settlements
dc.subject spatial injustice
dc.subject urban segregation
dc.subject violence
dc.subject 5203 Global Development Studies
dc.title On the Fringes of Urban Justice : Violence and Environmental Risks in Guatemala City en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Faculty Common Matters
dc.contributor.organization Global Development Studies
dc.contributor.organization Latin American Studies
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v10i1.4748
dc.relation.issn 2183-2803
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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