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Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Migration, informality and visions for a just city: the making of urban citizenship in Buenos Aires

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Tanja Bastia (University of Manchester)

Date: 4 December 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 4 December 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: G51

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Seminar Series

Tanja Bastia - Migration, informality and visions for a just city: the making of urban citizenship in Buenos Aires

In a number of cities in the Global South, cross-border migrants have played a major role in shaping the urban landscape but they often lack effective claims to citizenship. In this paper we focus on the making of urban citizenship in Buenos Aires, particularly by migrants who live in informal settlements.  Taking into account different scales (city, nation, informal settlement), we contrast the practice of formal and urban citizenship with that which is created in the informal settlements by migrants and non-migrants coming together as neighbours.  We suggest that despite the multiple exclusions that people experience in informal settlements, the claims that emerge from these spaces provide the greatest potential for the building of effective de facto citizenship.

Contact email: dt37@soas.ac.uk