UNLAWFUL OCCUPATION: INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS AND URBAN POLICY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND BRAZILISBN: 9781592212118
The international and comparative aspects of the book are particularly noteworthy. Part one provides an international perspective on informal settlement intervention in Brazil and South Africa. It tracks the development of influential international positions on informal settlement intervention and argues that the South African paradigm is distorted, neither Marxist nor purely liberal. Part two explores the evolution of informal settlement in South Africa and Brazil from a socio-political perspective. This comparison brings into sharp relief the individualized, standardized intervention in South Africa and the more responsive informal settlement intervention approach in Brazil, especially in those municipalities with strong Workers’ Party mandates.