Thanks for the support of key members of staff in UN-HABITAT who promoted the e-debate on Taking Forward the Right to the City. The views expressed here are those of the author and not UN-HABITAT.
The Right to the City: Road to Rio 2010
Article first published online: 24 APR 2013
© 2013 Urban Research Publications Limited
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 957–971, May 2013
How to Cite
Brown, A. (2013), The Right to the City: Road to Rio 2010. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37: 957–971. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12051
- Issue published online: 24 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 24 APR 2013
- ‘right to the city’;
- public space;
- urban social movements;
- social exclusion;
- World Urban Forum
In the last decade, the right to the city has evolved as a powerful rallying cry in the struggle against the exclusionary processes of globalization and the commodification of urban space, and in conflicts over who has claim to the city and what kind of city it should be. Drawing on the work of Henri Lefebvre the vision of the right to the city has inspired a global social movement, legislative reform in Latin America and international debates (e.g. at World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro). Nevertheless, despite its theoretical appeal, the content remains elusive and implementation is fraught with challenges. This article critically examines the right to the city through the lens of contributions to the UN-HABITAT e-debate in November/December 2009, which gave voice to those who might otherwise not be heard. Drawing on these contributions, the article argues for a new conceptualization of citizenship, and for a redefinition of the role of the local state and social actors in implementing the rights-based agenda that the right to the city entails.