The experience of urban inequalities through Urban Daily Mobility. The case of Santiago de Chile
Department of Geography, London School of Economics
Last modified: March 16, 2007
Presentation date: 06/11/2007 4:30 PM in ISCTE-II C104
The study of urban inequality in Latin America has been well documented over the past decades, as has been the emergence of urban polarisation and fragmentation in its cities. However, there are three main problems with the way spatialised inequality has been studied: it has been made to equal residential segregation; excessive quantitative analysis have been made ignoring everyday implications of inequality; and cities have been assumed as static neglecting the tendency that cities and its dwellers are increasingly mobile. This paper will explain how differentiated daily mobility analysis of urban dwellers can complement the study of urban segregation to understand the increasingly complex and invisible forms of urban inequality.
Using an ethnographic approach, the paper will explain how inequality is experienced through the practices urban daily mobility in Santiago de Chile. It will then explain the way boundaries are created and perpetuated through different urban strategies. By explaining the way a new transport system is being implemented, the paper will finally analyse the consequences these aspects have on urban planning, and how they are often ignored in contemporary urban planning practices.