The neighborhood dimension, a learning space for the exercise of citizenship

Aradas Díaz, Maria Elena; Enria, Graciela; Dachesky, Melina; Espinosa, Ana (2018). 'The neighborhood dimension, a learning space for the exercise of citizenship' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018.


The neighborhood dimension becomes important for the interpretation of the new socio-territorial dynamics that occur in metropolitan cities where the importance of the neighborhood is recovered as a common place of encounter; where local institutions take on meaning and become a space for citizen participation, belonging, fraternity and solidarity. The right to the city, as expressed by the United Nations, is a basic human right. It is the right to live in a decent habitat integrated with the services, infrastructure and educational and work opportunities of the city. The intellectual root of the concept goes back to the contributions of Henri Lefebvre. The objective of this article is to describe the pedagogical approach that was implemented together with the San Francisquito School of the neighborhood of the same name. Using a methodology of applied research, the CEFEDER - UCA team proposes the integration of an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional team, University - School - Community, which will become the promoter of the construction of tools to recognize the problems that make the conditions objectives of the existence of the neighborhood population, which links a research device - household surveys - with subjects of the provincial secondary school curricula and training students to carry out surveys and generate local information for a neighborhood diagnosis that allows policy management public in the framework of the right to the city. Results Surveys were analyzed, those containing the data sheet of the family group and twelve sections (migrations, housing and habitat, connectivity and accessibility, safety, health, food, education, civil society organizations, labor and productive activities, economic situation). of the home, social integration, family and religious life), linked to subjects of secondary education curricula such as geography, biology, legal framework. The information generated allows us to describe the objective conditions of existence in that neighborhood, generating our own local information and diagnosing the main problems that are linked to belonging to the city. Conclusion. Having a deep characterization of the neighborhood is of great importance to have an in-depth study of the organizational structure and the structure of opportunities in general of the population resident in these spaces and their exercise of citizen participation.

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