Development and Urbanization
Insitut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)/French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, CESSMA research Unit, Paris Diderot University, University Sorbonne Paris Cité., France
This panel is an invitation to consider the relationship between the city and its neighbourhoods. Many aspects of the urban experience – ways of life and livelihoods, heritage preservation, organizing for local amenities like parks, and keeping local areas safe – are initiated, organized and sustained at the neighbourhood level. Neighbourhood activists are often part of a larger city learning and cooperative networks that work to support community gardens and food security, housing rights, and a number of critical issues central to cities.
The panel’s objectives are to:
(a) Conceptualize the ways in which neighbourhood local action shape the urban culture and city building;
(b) Understand the contributions of various disciplines and of particular methods in approaching the study of neighbourhoods; and
(c) See how the issues and dynamics identified in a particular paper can be better understood and elaborated in a comparative perspective provided by examples from other papers in the panel(s).
The papers which follow are organized into three sub themes: Social Organization, Neighbourhood and Livelihoods, and Neighbourhood Activism. This third panel, Neighbourhood Activism, looks at the neighbourhood as the basic spatial unit of the city. As such, residents of the neighbourhood share a collective place experience, engage in social and economic interactions, maintain a desire to see improvements in their neighbourhood, and in some cases, an urgency to protect their neighbourhoods from redevelopment and other forms of intrusive action. This set of papers see the role neighbourhood activism play in collective action and the effects of such action on the city.