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Letras Verdes, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales

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DE AGUINAGA-PADILLA, Francisco; LEON-ROJAS, Héctor-Emanuel  and  SIERRA-MARTINEZ, Andrés-Emiliano. The Characteristics of Urban space as Factors of Exposure to COVID-19 in Mexico City. Letras Verdes [online]. 2021, n.30, pp.9-32. ISSN 1390-6631.

The article shows the interaction between historically accumulated socio-spatial inequalities and the spatial dynamic of the risk of contagion of COVID-19 in Mexico City. The objective is to analyze the urban spatial relationship between the location of exposure factors to the virus, identified through literature review (associated with transport, living and employment), and the spatial dynamic of contagion. By using spatial analysis methods and techniques, concepts from political ecology and the theory of social construction of risk are connected. It is concluded that the conditions of habitability, the commuting time in public transportation and the levels of social development are determining factors of the spatial behaviour of contagion. Due to conditions of exposure, marginalized urban peripheries become disadvantaged places.

Keywords : COVID-19; inequality; risk; spatial analysis; urban political ecology; urban space.

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