Placing capabilities in urban spaces: The capability approach to residential segregation

Bucheli, Juan Fernando (2016). 'Placing capabilities in urban spaces: The capability approach to residential segregation' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Tokyo 2016.


abstract
For Latin America’s cityscapes, a rapid process of urbanisation has left an unequal urban footprint where fragments of  ‘poor cities’ and ‘wealthy cities’ are scattered throughout the urban landscape. At micro scale, this process of segregation has introduced barriers for disadvantaged communities, as it has become an intensifier of inequalities by undermining levels of urban quality of life. Within this context, traditional quality of life approaches apply a rather reductionist “countability” approach to assessing urban wellbeing, without delving sufficiently into the social, economic and political structures that are present during the production of segregated spaces. This paper introduces a new discussion of how to understand and evaluate residential segregation within a place-based approach to wellbeing, by looking at how segmentation and differentiation - as mechanisms of exclusion and social disconnection - restrict the availability of choices, capabilities and functionings in the urban context.

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