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Girls, Homelessness, and COVID-19

The Urgent Need for Research and Action

Kaitlin Schwan, Erin Dej, and Alicia Versteegh

as a form of healthcare, there is limited analysis of how gendered access to adequate housing shapes women and girls’ experiences of COVID-19. This gap in public and scholarly debate is significant given evidence that gender inequities are heightening

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A Safe House? Girls' Drawings on Safety and Security in Slums in and around Nairobi

Fatuma Chege, Lucy Maina, Claudia Mitchell, and Margot Rothman

According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 27) every child has the right to a standard of living adequate for the realization of her or his physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development. Adequate housing, food and clothing underpin the adequacy of a child’s standard of living. UNICEF estimated nearly ten years ago that one out of every three children, or 640 million children around the world, live in inadequate housing (Bellamy: 2005). Despite this commitment to child rights, little appears to be documented on the safety and security of children with regard to housing generally, and, more specifically, housing in slums or informal settlements: urban growth in the Global South is set to be virtually synonymous with the expansion of slums and informal settlements, and, seven years ago, there were 199 million slum dwellers in Africa alone (Tibajuka 2007). It is impossible, then, to address violence against children and the related issues of child protection, without taking into account the importance of adequate housing, and the significance of what goes on inside houses: the inclusion of the voices of children themselves, currently woefully unheard, is critical.

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Migrant Residents in Search of Residences

Locating Structural Violence at the Interstices of Bureaucracies

Megan Sheehan


Latin American migration to Chile has increased exponentially over the past 20 years. As migrants settle in Santiago, they face numerous articulations of bureaucracy—at entry, in visa processing, in labor regulations, and in housing law. This article charts a central paradox of migrant experiences with two discordant bureaucratic entities in Chile. Migrants are frequently able to acquire residency documents, yet they are often unable to enter into formal rental agreements or easily access adequate housing. Drawing on data collected during 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Santiago, Chile, I explore migrants’ lived experience of bureaucracy. As migrants navigate the processes involved in attaining visas and in securing housing, their experiences expose the interstices of bureaucracy, sites of disjuncture between contrasting bureaucratic entities and realms. These bureaucratic interstices are critical sites where structural violence is fostered, normalized, and made invisible.

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Alone Together

Intimacy and Semi-Mobility during Ho Chi Minh City's Lockdown

Van Minh Nguyen

Communities Transform Old Socialist Housing into Adequate Housing – Part 1 ’, Urbanet , 9 May , . Matthews , T. ( 2012 ), ‘ Responding to Climate

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How to understand power from below without romanticism but with commitment

A tribute to Monique Nuijten

John Gledhill

adequate housing” but in terms of being “cared for” within the framework of affectionate relationships between patrons and clients. In practice, the PT did little to change this way of seeing things. When the election season came, the same officials

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With the Best of Intentions

Divorced Custodian Mothers Negotiating Access to Housing in Egypt

Mennatullah Hendawy and Monika Lindbekk

unemployment and a crushing housing crisis. The draft law's supporters argued that it would enable divorced custodian mothers and their children to have adequate housing during the period of custody and thus also protect the family. Meanwhile, the detractors of

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West German Cities and the End of Guest Worker Recruitment, 1973–1978

Mark E. Spicka

highlighted similar challenges facing the cities: lack of adequate housing; language barriers blocking foreigner integration in work, school, and social life; shortage of day care; low school attendance of foreign children; and limited vocational training for

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Claims of Need in Property Law and Politics

Patrick Cockburn

progressive potential of rights is in fact borne out in practice. The right to have access to adequate housing enshrined in Section 26 of the Constitution (albeit restricted by the state’s available resources and articulated as an aim to be progressively

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States of Displacement: Middle Eastern Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Asylum Seekers in Global Context

Lucia Volk and Marcia C. Inhorn

mothers as they try to build and care for their families in Jordan. Giving birth and raising children in less than adequate housing provides endless sources of anxiety and stress. Yet despite experiencing tight living quarters, lack of privacy, limited

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High-rise social failures

Regulating technologies, authority, and aesthetics in the resettlement of Taipei military villages

Elisa Tamburo

grounds of eventually providing adequate housing. In 2016, Zhongxin (see Figure 1 ) was a village of one hundred households, whose inhabitants were military retirees supporting their wives and sometimes their children's families with their military