In this volume, the authors present studies of the emerging pattern of socio-economic segregation in seven major cities of Latin America and, for inter-regional contrast, one in the United States.
"This book is a pioneering effort in its comparative approach, as it looks at both Latin American and US examples. For this reason it fills a void in this particular area of socio-economic segregation studies."--Perry Mars, Professor of Africana Studies, Wayne State University "This book is a "must read" for anyone with a serious interest in addressing critical social policy in the context of the challenges posed by the idiosyncrasies of the Latin American urbanization process. Combining new techniques of analysis, improved data sources and a comprehensive theoretical base (not commonly found in the existing literature) with a creative inversion of the conventional line of argument, the book provides a fresh look at the role of segregation patterns on key themes of the region's social policy agenda, such as urban poverty and access to services including education and health. No doubt, this is a book that fills a critical void between land use and planning and public governance in the current Latin American urban policy debate."--Martim Oscar Smolka, Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America and the Caribbean Program, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy "This edited volume is an invaluable resource to students and scholars interested in urban studies, policy, and planning. While the literature on U.S. cities has focused on racial segregation, the book offers important lessons about urbanization and socioeconomic inequality by examining the magnitude and nature of class segregation in Latin American cities. The cross-national comparison yields theoretical and practical insights about the role of the market and state in structuring urban space, and the consequences of spatial patterns on inequality. At the same time, the chapters reveal a fundamental tendency for socioeconomic segregation within urban society and the adverse impact on the distribution of and access to resources and phenomena that U.S. cities and Latin American cities share."--Paul O