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Call for Papers Social Justice and Democratization, Buenos Aires, Agosto 2012

The Second ISA Forum of Sociology
Social justice and democratization
Buenos Aires, Argentina
August 1-4, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

The call for papers for the 2nd ISA Forum to be held next August (1-4, 2012) in Buenos Aires (AR) is available at On line abstract submission ends December 15, 2011. The main theme of the conference is Social justice and democratization.

We invite you to submit abstracts to the conference and particularly to the following session:

Housing and the right to the city Joint session of RC21 Regional and Urban Development [host committee] and RC43 Housing and Built Environment

Manuel B. AALBERS, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
Kenneth GIBB, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom,

In recent years responses to neoliberal urbanism and social injustice have been framed in terms of “the Right to the City”, both by academics and social movements. Academics and groups associated with this movement seek to increase social justice, push democratization, and promote empowerment. As always, housing plays a central role in these urban struggles, although it has received comparatively little attention in the academic debate on the Right to the City.

This panel seeks to bring together a number of supporters and supportive critics of a Right to the City perspective on the 21st century housing question on both developed and developing countries. We are interested in case studies of housing struggles from around the globe that are framed within a Right to the City approach as well as in more conceptual and critical contributions.

We also welcome presentations that deal with a critical assessment of social/housing movements that work under the banner of the Right to the City. In particular papers should address questions like:
a) How useful is the concept for increasing social justice in housing?
b) And how useful is it as an academic concept?
c) Has current use trivialized and corrupted Henri Lefebvre’s concept, as Marcelo Lopes de Souza argues?
d) Is a rights-based approach more promising than exclusion-based, relational and other approaches to housing need?

Comparative papers are also particularly welcome.

Please contact us for questions and expressions of interest.

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