Urban Informality : Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia Paperback / softback
Edited by Ananya Roy, Nezar AlSayyad
Part of the Transnational Perspectives on Space and Place series
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 346 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books
- Publication Date: 19/11/2003
- Category: Urban communities
- ISBN: 9780739107416