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See detailBook Review: Ralf Brand and Sarah Fregonese 2013: The Radicals’ City: Urban Environment, Polarisation, Cohesion. Surrey: Ashgate.
Farah, Jihad ULg

in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2014), 38(6),

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See detailHow the People of Butembo (RDC) were Chosen to Embody ‘the New Congo’: Or What the Appearance of a Poster in a City’s Public Places can Teach about its Social Tissue
Geenen, Kristien ULg

in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2012), 36(3), 448-461

In this article, I translate local narratives about one particular event into a reading of a city as a whole. The city concerned is Butembo, a secondary city in the North Kivu province (DRC). The incident ... [more ▼]

In this article, I translate local narratives about one particular event into a reading of a city as a whole. The city concerned is Butembo, a secondary city in the North Kivu province (DRC). The incident relates to the appearance of a foreign flower in the late 1950s. This water hyacinth — named ‘Congo ya Sika’, which means ‘the New Congo’— caused severe damage to the waterways of the Belgian Congo, and the colonial authorities mobilized the population in an effort to eradicate the plague. Pamphlets and posters were spread, with the request to destroy the pictured flower when spotted. People of Butembo reacted in a most particular way to the appearance of these posters in their city, ascribing the Congo ya Sika flower mythical proportions right from the start. In their interpretation, the appearance of the flower was a sign that ‘the new Congo’would rise in their town, endowing their place exclusively with a particular force. I scrutinize the myth’s origin and analyse its social meaning, in an effort to gain a better understanding of Butembo’s society. Throughout my analysis, special attention is paid to (self) representation, and to noise stuck to colonial messages. [less ▲]

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See detailPromoting the single-family house in Belgium: the social construction of model housing
Mougenot, Catherine ULg

in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (1988), 12(4), 531-549

Urbanization in Belgium is a process of diffusion rather a process of urban concentration, though the country is very densely populated. In this process the state does not look to have a leading role. The ... [more ▼]

Urbanization in Belgium is a process of diffusion rather a process of urban concentration, though the country is very densely populated. In this process the state does not look to have a leading role. The paper examines how the housing policy determines this process of urbanization, namely by promoting the ownership and the individual house. The housing policy, initiated in years of deep social crisis, can only be understood as an upper-class response to the riots in 1886 : the housing policy is intended to give and enforce a social definition of working class, with various interpretation granted by the political opposing forces. The “garden-city” model was then promoted because it allowed to make apolitical compromise between these interpretations. But it was an ideological model with only a few realisations. However it allowed the dominant preference for individual housing to become the real model wich was implemented through the numerous measures wich constitutes the housing policy. In the following stages, a lot of measures came to enlarge the benefit of the public aid to other social groups. From this analysis, it becomes clear that one of the social functions of the housing policy is to enforce the different representations of the social structure wich do no longer need a moralizing discourse because of the hidden connections between the space, the social structure and the policy system. [less ▲]

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