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Cultural values and housing behavior in spontaneous settlements

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Although many early interpretations of spontaneous settlements were influenced by cultural considerations, later studies have tended to overlook cultural variables in accounting for variations in housing behavior. This paper will attempt to demonstrate that cultural factors condition the way that groups and individuals respond to economic changes and opportunities when making decisions about housing, and will explore some variations in squatter housing processes and environments by using empirical data from the Colombian city of Santa Marta. The dwelling consolidation patterns of two contrasting cultural groups are analyzed and it is found that core cultural concepts (status of the dwelling, attitudes to work and privacy) can provide convincing explanations for many of the differences observed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kellett P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Architectural and Planning Research

Year: 1999

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Pages: 205-224

ISSN (print): 0738-0895

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Publisher: Locke Science Publishing Company, Inc.