Urban protests in Colombia: What are they about, and how have cities been affected by the violence?
By Carlos Tobar Tovar (Universidad Javeriana Cali), Stephany Vargas Rojas (Universidad Javeriana Cali), and Melanie Lombard (University of Sheffield) The violence that erupted from Colombia’s ongoing national strike took many by surprise. The protests, which started on 28 April in response to proposed tax reforms, have resulted in weeks of social unrest. Despite […]
Locked out under coronavirus lockdown – continuing exclusion of India’s migrant workforce
By Nabeela Ahmed and Priya Deshingkar India announced a national lockdown for 21 days to control the spread of Covid-19 in the world’s second most populous country, on the 24th of March. While the government declared the protective measures involve ‘simply having to stay home’, for millions of internal labour migrants in India this means an […]
Ghost towns and crackdowns: The politics of urban Covid-19 control
By Tom Goodfellow and David Jackman As different responses to coronavirus are implemented around the world, cities have come sharply into focus. One city will forever be associated with the unleashing of Covid-19, and cities account for the most dramatic infection rates. For obvious reasons, urban areas are seen as constituting the most threatening environments for the transmission of […]
Sanitation worker health, safety and wellbeing: Reflections from the UK and India
By Sally Cawood and CS Sharada Prasad “Just because something is visible doesn’t mean it is seen” (CS Sharada Prasad, December 2019) Hazardous and degrading forms of sanitation work, such as manual scavenging, persist in many countries around the world. Within India, Bangladesh and across South Asia, the cleaning, emptying and management of human waste […]
Indigenous Urbanisation in Latin America
By Aiko Ikemura Amaral (UFMG, Brazil), Philipp Horn (University of Sheffield, UK) and Desiree Poets (Virginia Tech, US). This blog was originally published by the Institute of Latin America Studies. We are living in an increasingly urban world and indigenous peoples are no exception to this trend. In a context of urbanisation, indigeneity does not […]
Buen Vivir in Bolivia and Ecuador: An inspiring alternative or business as usual?
Buen Vivir – a terminology which originates in indigenous cosmovision (Sumak Kawsay in Kichwa and Suma Qamaña in Aymara) and could be translated into the English term of ‘good living’- has become a prominent feature of decolonial thought across Latin America and beyond.