The Routledge handbook on informal urbanization / Handbook on informal urbanization edited by Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen. - xx, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The political meaning of informal urbanisation / Roberto Rocco and Jan van Ballegooijen -- Ahmedabad : urban informality and the production of exclusion / Vrushti Mawani, Michael Leaf -- Ankara : struggles for housing : legitimate, self-contradictory or both? : impacts of clientelism and rights-seeking on informal housing in Ankara / Yelda Kizildag Özdemirli -- Balkans : informal settlements in the Balkans : squatters' magic realism vs. planners' modernist fantasy vs. governments' tolerance and opportunism / Dorina Pojani -- Beirut : Dahiye : an active space for social justice and resistance : re-imagining informality in light of growing urban marginality / Nabil Nazha -- Belo Horizonte : new urban occupations in the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte and the struggle for housing rights / Maria Tereza Fonseca Dias, Juliano dos Santos Calixto, Larissa Pirchiner de Oliveira Vieira, Ananda Martins Carvalho, Carolina Spyer Vieira Assad, Lucas Nasser Marques de Souza, Fúlvio Alvarenga Sampaio, Julia Dinardi Alves Pinto, and Marcos Bernardes Rosa -- Cairo : right to the city and public space in post-revolutionary Cairo / Noheir Elgendy, Alessandro Frigerio -- Fortaleza : informal urbanization versus modernization : popular resistance in Fortaleza, Brazil / Germana Câmara , Clarissa Freitas and Beatriz Rufino -- Guangzhou : fewer contestations, more negotiations : a multi-scalar understanding of the "politics of informal urbanization" in southern China / Josefine Fokdal, Peter Herrle -- Guayaquil : conflicting competences in Guayaquil's contested and (in)formal periphery / Alina Delgado, Olga Peek, Viviana d'Auria -- Hanoi : a study of informally developed housing and its role in the political arena of a post-reform communist city / Stephanie Geertman and Boram Kim -- Harare : informality and urban citizenship : housing struggles in Hharare, Zimbabwe / Davison Muchadenyika, Molin K. Chakamba, and Patience Mguni -- Jerusalem : the multifaceted politics of informality in Jerusalem at the time of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict / Francesco Chiodelli -- Johannesburg : the political ecology of the right to the rainbow city informal spaces and practices and the quest for socio-environmental rights in urbanizing Johannesburg / Costanza La Mantia, Dylan Weakley -- Khartoum : the politics of displacement in a conflictive polity / Budoor Bukhari, Tasneem Nagi -- Lima : Lima, informal urbanization and the state : the rise and fall of urban populism in Lima / Matteo Stiglich , Adrián Lerner -- Mashhad : claiming the right to the city : informal urbanisation in the holy city of Mashhad / Elham Bahmanteymouri, Mohsen Mohammadzadeh -- Medellin : performative infrastructures : medellin's governmental technologies of informality : the case of the encircled garden project in Comuna 8 / Catalina Ortiz, Camillo Boano -- Mumbai : profit versus people : the struggle for inclusion in Mumbai / Rohan Varma, Kritika Sha -- Nairobi : the socio-political implications of informal tenement housing in Nairobi, Kenya / Miriam Maina & Baraka Mwau -- Port au Prince : Haiti's disaster urbanism : the emerging city of Canaan / Angela Sherwood, Laura Smits, Anna Konotchick -- Rio de Janeiro : tackling informality in low-income housing : the case of the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro / Alex Ferreira Magalhães -- São Paulo : Cortiços : interstitial urbanization in central São Paulo / Jeroen Stevens, Bruno De Meulder, Débora Sanches -- São Paulo : occupations : a pedagogy of confrontation : informal building occupations in São Paulo's central neighbourhoods / Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Beatrice De Carli, Benedito Roberto Barbosa, Francisco de Assis Comarú, Ricardo de Sousa Moretti -- Seoul : the evolution of informal settlers' political gains in changing state regimes in Seoul / Boram Kim, Hogeun Park, Jaehyeon Park -- Yogyakarta : slum dwellers strategies and tactics in Yogyakarta, Indonesia / Sonia Roitman.

The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization investigates the mutual relationship between the struggle for political inclusion and processes of informal urbanisation in different socio-political and cultural settings. It seeks a middle ground between two opposing perspectives on the political meaning of urban informality. The first, the 'emancipatory perspective', frames urban informality as a practice that fosters autonomy, entrepreneurship and social mobility. The other perspective, more critical, sees informality predominantly as a result of political exclusion, inequality and poverty. Do we see urban informality as a fertile breeding ground for bottom-up democracy and more political participation? Or is urban informality indeed merely the result of a democratic deficit caused by governing autocratic elites and ineffective bureaucracies? This book displays a wide variety of political practices and narratives around these positions based on narratives conceived upon specific case cities. It investigates how processes of urbanisation are politicized in countries in the Global South and in transition economies. The handbook explores 24 cities in the Global South, as well as examples from Eastern and Southern Europe, East Asia and the Americas, with contributions written by a global group of scholars familiar with the cases (often local scholars working in the cities analysed) who offer unique insight on how informal urbanisation can be interpreted in different contexts. These contributions engage the extreme urban environments under scrutiny which are likely to be the new laboratories of 21st century democracy. It is vital reading for scholars, practitioners and activists engaged in informal urbanism"--

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Squatter settlements--Political aspects--Case studies.
Squatters--Political activity--Case studies.
City planning--Case studies.
Urban policy--Case studies.
Marginality, Social--Case studies.

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