Towards the Social Sustainability in Monterrey: A study on Residential Contrast Places: Resources, Measures and Assessments

By Carlos Aparicio and Arunkumar Acharya.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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This study explores socio-spatial inequality and social sustainability in relation to the coexistence of rich and poor people in the Monterrey Metropolitan Area. It presents theoretical and methodological tools coming from social representations (SR) and Social Identity approaches. Towards the end of the paper we show the methodology used in this study, including the context of the study and the research instrument utilized. We try to explain the cognitive structure of urban space and the significant elements of representations. We argue, on one hand, that social representations are linked to the urban structure with a symbolic base, and, on the other hand, that social representations associated with the tranquility of a place affect people’s choice to live in places like gated communities that boast protection or social distinction. Moreover, there are negative representations between neighborhoods, condensing social relations and prejudice. However, there are elements to promote relations toward social sustainability.

Keywords: Socio-spatial Inequality, Social Sustainability, Monterrey Metropolitan Area, Residential Contrast Places, Social Representations

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.29-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 418.524KB).

Dr. Carlos Aparicio

Doctoral Student, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

I am a Mexican student at the Social Sciences Doctoral program with concentration in Sustainable Development in the “Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales” from the “Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon”. I have a scholarship from the National Counsel of Sciences and Technology. Also I teach in the Faculty of Architecture at the same university. Moreover, I completed two master studies at Université Laval in Québec City, both related to urbanism and architecture. Before, I completed my bachelors studies in architecture and in physical education. I am interested in the urban problematic related to Social Representations, Social Sustainability and urban sprawl. I like to use tools like Geographical Informatics Systems and Mental Maps.

Dr. Arunkumar Acharya

Investigator, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Doctor in anthropology, master in demography & geography. I have published research articles in various international journal. My field of interest is Gender. My Ph.D. thesis is on trafficking of women.