Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia

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Ananya Roy, Nezar AlSayyad
Lexington Books, 2004 - Political Science - 338 pages
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The turn of the century has been a moment of rapid urbanization. Much of this urban growth is taking place in the cities of the developing world and much of it in informal settlements. This book presents cutting-edge research from various world regions to demonstrate these trends. The contributions reveal that informal housing is no longer the domain of the urban poor; rather it is a significant zone of transactions for the middle-class and even transnational elites. Indeed, the book presents a rich view of "urban informality" as a system of regulations and norms that governs the use of space and makes possible new forms of social and political power. The book is organized as a "transnational" endeavor. It brings together three regional domains of research the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia that are rarely in conversation with one another. It also unsettles the hierarchy of development and underdevelopment by looking at some First World processes of informality through a Third World research lens."
  

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Contents

Urban Informality as a New Way of Life
7
LIBERALIZATION GLOBALIZATION AND URBAN INFORMALITY
31
Love in the Time of Enhanced Capital Flows Reflections on the Links between Liberalization and Informality
33
The Changing Nature of the Informal Sector in Karachi due to Global Restructuring and Liberalization and Its Repercussions
67
Globalization and the Politics of the Informals in the Global South
79
THE POLITICS OF URBAN INFORMALITIES
103
Marginality From Myth to Reality in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro 19692002
105
The Gentlemans City Urban Informality in the Calcutta of New Communism
147
Control Resistance and Informality Urban Ethnocracy in BeerSheva Israel
209
TRANSNATIONAL INTERROGATION
241
Informality of Housing Production at the Urban Rural Interface The Not So Strange Case of the Texas Colonias
243
Power Property and Poverty Why De Sotos Mystery of Capital Cannot Be Solved
271
Transnational Trespassings The Geopolitics of Urban Informality
289
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
319
INDEX
323
CONTRIBUTORS
337

Tilting at Sphinxes Locating Urban Informality in Egyptian Cities
171

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About the author (2004)

Ananya Roy is Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Nezar AlSayyad is Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam: Politics, Culture, and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization (Lexington Books, 2002).

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