Squatters and the Politics of Marginality in Uruguay

  • María José Álvarez-Rivadulla

Part of the Latin American Political Economy book series (LAPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
    Pages 1-17
  3. María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
    Pages 19-50
  4. María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
    Pages 51-82
  5. María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
    Pages 83-108
  6. María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
    Pages 109-138
  7. María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
    Pages 139-166
  8. María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
    Pages 167-175
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-224

About this book


This book unveils the political economy of land squatting in a third world city, Montevideo, in Uruguay. It focuses on the effects of democratization on the mobilization of the poorest as well as on the role played by different types of brokers, from radical Catholic priests to local leaders embedded in political networks. Through a multi-method endeavour that combines ethnography, historical sources, and quantitative time series, the author reconstructs the history of the informal city since the late 1940s to the present. From a social movements/contentious politics perspective, the book challenges the assumption that socioeconomic factors such as poverty were the only causes triggering land squatting. 


Social Movements Latin America Democratization Political Economy Housing Politics Urban Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • María José Álvarez-Rivadulla
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad de los AndesBogotaColombia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54534-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54533-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54534-9
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