The Uses of an Earthquake

Cleaver, Harry
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Year First Published:  {14146 The Uses of an Earthquake USES OF AN EARTHQUAKE Cleaver, Harry http://www.eco.utexas.edu/facstaff/Cleaver/earthquake.html The people of Tepito have proven themselves far more capable than the government both of responding to the dangers and of seizing the opportunities created by the earthquake. The earthquake crisis has brought into view a long existent but rarely recognized alternative: the ability and willingness of the people of Tepito, as well as those in many other barrios, to assert a different set of values: those of autonomy, self-activity, and the subordination of work to social needs. It is also embodied in their ability, as against governmental paralysis, to design and implement their own projects, thus elaborating those values in concrete practice. 1987 1988 ART Article CX7265 0 false true false CX7265.htm [0xc0001a1410 0xc000476690 0xc0001eb170 0xc0003346f0] Cx}
Year Published:  1988
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX7265

The people of Tepito have proven themselves far more capable than the government both of responding to the dangers and of seizing the opportunities created by the earthquake. The earthquake crisis has brought into view a long existent but rarely recognized alternative: the ability and willingness of the people of Tepito, as well as those in many other barrios, to assert a different set of values: those of autonomy, self-activity, and the subordination of work to social needs. It is also embodied in their ability, as against governmental paralysis, to design and implement their own projects, thus elaborating those values in concrete practice.

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