Building the future city. Urban movements in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (1968-1987)

Monday, 29 November, 2021

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria participates in the book Building the future city. Urban movements in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (1968-1987) , by Silex publishing house, with publications by professors Miguel Suárez Bosa, Josefina Domínguez Mujica, Juan Manuel Parreño Castellano, Claudio Moreno Medina, Daniel Castillo Hidalgo, Pilar Domínguez Prats and the doctoral students of the Territory and Society doctoral program. Historical evolution of a tricontinental space (Africa, America and Europe): Juan Manuel Brito Díaz, Pablo Socorro Arencibia and Gheorghe Pop Gil.

This collective work starts from a study on urban growth in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria between 1960 and 1989, to frame the role of social movements in this process. From there, the book addresses the origins and evolution of neighborhood associationism in the late Franco period, analyzing its impacts on becoming a political subject during the transition; the role of women in the neighborhood movement, as well as the implications of the feminist movement in the articulation of popular mobilization in the city's neighborhoods in this period; the mobilizations that took place in the La Isleta neighborhood, the place where the most important protests of the period took place, thanks to the symbiosis between the union movement, essentially the collective of longshoremen, and neighborhood action; the specific case of the so-called Water War of 1983, a conflict of high intensity in which the neighborhood associations of the Southern Cone of the city opposed the system of charges and the high price of the water supply; and the emergence of urban environmentalism, its role in relation to the process of democratic construction of the city.

The publication is part of the project "History of neighborhood movements in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria", developed by the Centro de Estudios y Difusión del Atlántico, a non-profit organization that maintains a framework agreement in collaboration with the ULPGC, for the strengthening of research and the transfer of scientific knowledge of our university, and has been funded in 2021 by the Department of Citizen Participation of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Citizen Participation Unit of the council from Gran Canaria.

The presentation of the book will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Castillo de Mata Museum (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).