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The state and self-help building in Pereira, Colombia.

Burgess, RD; (1990) The state and self-help building in Pereira, Colombia. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis examines state interventions into self-help building in Pereira, Colombia using a critical and analytical framework developed out of articulation theory. In Part One the shift from 'conventional' to self-help housing policies in Latin America in the post-war period is understood in the context of the transition from 'modernization' to `neo-modernization' development strategies, such as Redistribution with Growth and Basic Needs. A history of self-help housing theories and policies draws out the global and structural conditions of articulation underpinning their ascendancy in the Seventies. A systematic theoretical framework is elaborated that identifies 'spontaneous' self-help activities as a distinct form of housing production differentiated from state self-help projects by its specific conditions of articulation. A general model of Latin American urban politics is then presented. Part One concludes by postulating the specific conditions of economic, political and ideological articulation characteristic of state self-help housing projects. In Part Two a systematic historical and empirical analysis is presented of those aspects of Pereira's urban and housing development related to the theoretical issues. State efforts at organizing self-help activities through housing and upgrading projects and community development structures are examined. Three models are developed to explain the political articulation of the low income settlement process by the local state, political party and patron-clientage structures. In the case studies of a squatter settlement and state self-help housing project that follow, empirical evidence of self-help activities is assembled and the economic, ideological and political articulations that govern them are identified. In Part Three an interpretation of the empirical materials from Pereira identifies the articulations governing state self-help housing projects and the economic, political and ideological limits to their use as low income housing solutions in the city.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The state and self-help building in Pereira, Colombia.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10143371
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