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Cities From Scratch: Poverty and Informality in Urban Latin America Paperback – 25 Mar 2014

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"Cities from Scratch offers a surprisingly fresh take on slums, ghettoes, and shantytowns, classic topics in the social sciences. Based on solid empirical work, the essays are notable for the contributors' attention to local situations and politics, and their willingness to allow the research, rather than theoretical assumptions, to determine their findings." - Jose C. Moya, author of Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, 1850-1930 "This is an excellent collection of innovative, often bracing, reflections on crucial issues of cities and citizenship. In their essays, the contributors think outward from carefully detailed local cases, taking broader theories to task while developing valuable new methodological and conceptual tools. This collection represents both a coming of age and a new point of departure for historical and social scientific study of the informal city." - Mark Healey, author of The Ruins of the New Argentina: Peronism and the Remaking of San Juan after the 1944 Earthquake "Writings on shantytowns or 'informal neighbourhoods' of Rio de Janeiro, Managua, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City." - Chronicle of Higher Education

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Brodwyn Fischer is Professor of History at the University of Chicago. She is the author of "A Poverty of Rights: Citizenship and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro."Bryan McCann is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University. He is the author of "Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro" and "Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil," both also published by Duke University Press.Javier Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of "Patients of the State: The Politics of Waiting in Argentina," "Contentious Lives: Two Argentine Women, Two Protests, and the Quest for Recognition," "Poor People's Politics: Peronist Survival Networks and the Legacy of Evita," all also published by Duke University Press.

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