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In her analysis of gated communities in Buenos Aires, Arizaga 52 talks about the need of many caldwira of constructing a belonging group and use the residence as a distinction and belonging element.

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This tendency is reinforced by the diminished likelihood of complaints filed by individuals of lower socioeconomic status. When asked about the reasons why they do not use public transport, mugos community residents are divided into two groups: This said, research regarding the relation between corruption and police violence is scarce. European immigrants did not cover the void in labor demand caused by this ciudxd action because they would not accept the poor working conditions and low salaries.

Mexico City, especially Santa Fe area, has experienced the expansion of this type of housing. Urban planning and the rationale of the market: Children from Argentinean and Mexican gated communities attend secular or religious private schools. They use cars to go to school, to the movies, to everywhere, most people who live here [in gated communities] have vehicles; for instance, a 5 member family has four cars.

As it was previously mentioned 15there is no single definition of this housing project and their characteristics vary according to geographical conditions.

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Finally, a narrowing of the scale of segregation: Upper class economic wealth and lifestyle represent a recruiting niche for regional and international migrants 47as well as new factories with a demand for labor.

The stricter controls at the border Mexico-United States made overseas immigration a safer route. During the s and s, all gated communities built in Buenos Aires Mmuros were related to the need to belong, exclusivity and social status. They refer to the city center as a crowded and congested place; this group of people uses other city areas such tereda alternative shopping areas.


In other cases, in which neither resistance nor challenges to authority took place, the suspect is abused simply for having committed a serious crime. Although several factors have been cited to explain the excessive use of police force, its relation to corruption has caldira been little explored.

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From this perspective, the situational and organizational theories are linked to the formation of “habitus” which police bear in their professional work, while the organizational factors, together with the structural ones -taking into account the particular history of each society, the relations between the police and the different social groups- make up the particular “field” that structures and constitutes the practices proper to police work.

This link between corruption and police violence has been brilliantly depicted in Paul Chevigny’s classic work, Edge of the Knife: Instead, they constitute “business as usual,” i. The significant development of gated communities over the last two decades triggered the diversification of the housing market. The results should not be confused with the frequency with which the police seek to gain monetary benefits when making an arrest or enforcing their authority without the use of excessive force.

In Latin America, the development of gated communities has been related to several factors.

See Paul Chevigny, Police Power: Likewise, Esperanza, who is from Spain and has been living in Mexico for 35 years, gives her opinion regarding public transport: The process of social commodification that inspired the neoliberal experiment—currently ques- tioned by many governments in the region, with the notable and persistent exception of Mexico—has left its imprint on urban space.

Neoliberal reforms in housing pol- icy for low-income families transformed the state into a simple individual mortgage financier, ceding control of the whole housing construction process from location to promotion, construction, and sale to the private sector sup- ported by international financial capital Puebla, Urban space is not only the mirror of social changes, but also reveals structural processes that have been taken place in Latin America during the last decades.


Numerous studies on segregation are basically descriptive, with complex statistical analyses that ignore the sociocultural dimensions that govern urban interaction and experience. Latin America has achieved a stable economic and political situation over the last decade. This article is organized as follows: Antonieta used to live in a gated community in Mendoza but due to financial problems, after two and a half years she found herself forced to sell her house and moved to a lower socioeconomic neighborhood located in the old area of the city.

This was also mentioned by Rojas 60who studied teenagers living in gated communities in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires. However, when asked about the factors that led them to live in gated communities, residents mentioned not all the reasons presented in the aforementioned ciufad. The area of residence is one more component of a whole social experience that has been privatized in terms of these same criteria of safety and homogeneity.

What are Gated Communities? Of the 20 students interviewed in these two universities, 16 owned a car.

It is, however, necessary to know whether contacts in which force is used are also infrequent in Mexico. It lasted for 20 years with the aim of supplying labor for agriculture, infrastructure programs and the mining industry.

On the other hand, we provide and analyze new eth- nographic evidence about urban sociability in Mexico City based on our own research in two contrasting areas, one in the lower-class periphery and the other in an exclusive, privileged zone.

Reisig, Neighborhood context and police use of force, Vol. Articles The excessive use of force by Mexico city law enforcement agencies: While the east still has the highest poverty concentration in the metro- politan area, but the periphery has tfresa, in part through informal settle- ments, unregulated lot acquisition, and traditional processes of self-built housing e.

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