Comités de Tierra Urbana (CTUs) and the 'Right to the city': urban transformations in Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution

Martinez, Jennifer Lynette (2012) Comités de Tierra Urbana (CTUs) and the 'Right to the city': urban transformations in Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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The Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution has provoked researchers to find new ways of engaging with the emergence of popular organizations and movements who are highly mobilized and seeking new forms of popular power and the deepening of democratic practices both within the country and for the Latin American region. This research project argues that at the core of the Bolivarian Revolution is an urban revolution in which barrio residents play a key role in the transformation of the country. Drawing on the work of Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, Neil Smith, Doreen Massey, and Edward Soja, among others, it is argued that a spatial analysis of urban social relations, while usually reserved for the study of capital’s role in producing contemporary cities, also allows research to visibilize how popular organizations act as agents in the production and transformation of urban space in their own right.

At the center of this study is the Urban Land Committee movement, which by drawing on what Lefebvre has called ‘lived space’ knowledges, has evolved from an organization that primarily sought land titles for barrio inhabitants to a national movement that is currently pursuing the ‘right to the city’, that is, decision-making power over urban space. Through an investigation of the movement’s strategies, and with an understanding that these strategies are inherently spatial in nature, it is possible to ask how the movement is transforming urban space in Venezuela. Ultimately, the work of the Urban Land Committee movement has implications both for theories about the production of urban space and for the construction of popular power in the Bolivarian Revolution.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Morton, A.
Motta, S.C.
Keywords: ctus, comites de tierra urbana, right to the city, revolution, revolutions, bolivarian, venezuela, land use, sociology, cities, city, social conditions
Subjects: H Social sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
F United States local history. History of Canada and Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Politics and International Relations
Item ID: 13538
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2014 14:10
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 08:43

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