Or, where is the place of the Filipinx urban poor in the Philippine city?


  • Kaloy M. Cunanan none


comprador, postcolonial, industrial, slum, city model


Against place-based stigma and neoliberal-localism, this paper asks, where in city models does the Philippine slum fit? In doing so, this paper explores two city models: industrial and postcolonial city. But in both city models, there is undervaluation of the Philippine slum. For this reason, this paper suggests the comprador city as an appraisal and alternative to the industrial and postcolonial city models. The comprador city highlights the oppositional interest in the city. These are between the compradors and the urban poor. The former dominates and reconfigures the Philippine city and nation through its foreign ties. While many of the latter lives in the slums despite they are the labor that creates and develops the city.


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How to Cite

Cunanan, K. M. (2020). Slum-fit? Or, where is the place of the Filipinx urban poor in the Philippine city?. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 19(1), 35–69. Retrieved from