The newly renovated PopAnth, 17 November 2014
On behalf of PopAnth’s editorial team, I am pleased to announce that today we launched a new version of PopAnth – Hot Buttered Humanity!
The new version is cleaner, prettier, and completely mobile device compatible. Overall, though, we’ve retained the look, feel and features of the original site.
Gawain Lynch worked on the design with the expert advice of designer Thaís Guimarães dos Santos. Gawain also did all the back end work. In the process of the redesign we moved platforms from WordPress to Bolt, an up-and-coming open source CMS run out of the Netherlands.
We’re always looking for new authors, so if you’d like to pitch us something, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Besides the topical articles and reviews that we normally publish, we’re also looking to expand our range to include current affairs, discoveries and science reporting.
You can check out our Contribute page for more information. We’re open to experimentation, so let your imagination and enthusiasm run wild!
La Ciénaga, one of the poorest of Santo Domingo’s barrios. Photo by Erin B. Taylor.
Squatter settlements around the world are not generally considered to bestow financial or social security upon the people who live in them. Rather, they tend to be portrayed in two ways.
First, they are often described as places that trap people in poverty. The rationale is that lack of access to capital – economic, social, cultural – make the barriers to socioeconomic mobility so high as to be virtually insurmountable without outside intervention. People are, in this view, stuck in a “cycle” or “culture” of poverty.
Second, squatter settlements are overwhelmingly viewed as places of precariousness. Residents live a hand-to-mouth existence, employment opportunities are tenuous, and the future is uncertain. Moreover, given residents’ illegal occupation of the land on which they live, the threat of eviction hangs over these communities, discouraging people from improving their homes and thereby precluding their chances of (literally) building up their investments. Squatter settlements are subject to change, but again, not in a desirable way.
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