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 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.
Chapter 1 Urban InformalityInformality as a "New" Way of Life Part 3 Liberalization, Globalization, and Urban Informality Chapter 4 Love in the Time of Enhanced Capital Flows: Reflections on the Links Between Liberalization and Informality Chapter 5 The Changing Nature of the Informal Sector in Karachi Due to Global Restructuring and Liberalization, and Its Repercussions Chapter 6 Globalization and the Politics of the Informals in the Global South Chapter 7 The Politics of Urban Informalities Chapter 8 Marginality: From Myth to Reality in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, 1969-2002 Chapter 9 The Gentleman's City: Urban Informality in the Calcutta of New Communism Chapter 10 Tilting at Sphinxes: Locating Urban Informality in Egyptian Cities Chapter 11 Control, Resistance, and Informality: Urban Ethnocracy in Beer-Sheva, Israel Part 12 Transnational Interrogation Chapter 13 Informality of Housing Production at the Urban-Rural Interface: The "Not So Strange Case" of the Texas Colonias Chapter 14 Power, Property, and Poverty: Why De Soto's "Mystery of Capital" Cannot be Solved Chapter 15 Transnational Trespassings: The Geopolitics of Informality