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Legitimacy pp 145-167 | Cite as

Privatization of Urban Governance and Legitimacy Disputes in a Social Housing Megaproject in Soacha, Colombia

  • Adriana Hurtado-TarazonaEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Abstract

Soacha, a municipality at the southern border of Bogota, has long faced a crisis of governance and legitimacy. This situation has deteriorated further as the government has encouraged the construction of large, privately developed housing. Drawing on detailed ethnography, Hurtado-Tarazona analyses how ordinary people establish legitimacy in their daily lives through actions that range from the illegal to the hyper-regulated. Illegal practices coexist with strict, community-enforced regulations in private and public spaces to ensure order, cleanliness and harmony among neighbours. Residents use their own material and non-material resources to cope with the structural difficulties of their context without feeling detached from the goal of middle-class citizenship. Thus, they face the failures of the municipality, filling the gaps in legitimacy without challenging the deficiencies of governance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de los AndesBogotáColombia

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