Simone, A. M.

New urban worlds : inhabiting dissonant times / AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse. - xviii, 248 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1.Paradoxes of the Urban
Inhabiting the paradox
Conceptual interventions
Governing the urban
2.Precarious Now
Shifting sands: people, work and aspirations
Urban scenarios
Urban transitions and technological waves
Crisis, disruption and possibility
The intended and unintended experiments of everyday urban life
The fragile threads of collective action
Inhabiting extensive parametric space
Beyond speculation
Urban politics and markets
Moving to stay in place
Slim margins
Paying attention to the details
Stepping beyond the details
Just where are the secrets?
Working in secret
5.Horizons from Within the Break
For the adaptive city
Operating system assemblages
Politicizing operating systems
Metrics for transformation
Contents note continued: From metrics to infrastructural claim-making
Infrastructural horizons and claims
Sequencing and calibrating urban claims
Molecular imperatives
Service delivery as hinge
Place-making as politics
Meta imperatives
The unvalued art of subtlety
Tales from imperfect practice
Sculpting discursive architectures
World Cities Report
South Africa's Integrated Urban Development Framework
Enriching social movement practices
Social Justice Coalition
The operations of local "councillors" in Jakarta
Fostering multiple publics
African Cities Reader series
"City Desired" exhibition and density syndicate
The exigencies of experimentation
7.Epilogue: A Story About Stories
Keeping multiple stories in play
The politics of indifference
Stories are not clean slates
Responsibility and instigation.

"It is well known that the world is transitioning to an irrevocable urban future whose epicentre has moved into the cities of Asia and Africa. What is less clear is how this will be managed and deployed as a multi-polar world system is being born. The full implications of this challenge cry out to be understood because city building (and retrofitting) cannot but be an undertaking entangled in profound societal and cultural shifts. In this highly original account, renowned urban sociologists AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse offer a call for action based fundamentally on the detail of people's lives. Urban regions are replete with residents who are compelled to come up with innovative ways to maintain or extend livelihoods, whose makeshift character is rarely institutionalized into a fixed set of practices, locales or organizational forms. This novel analytical approach reveals a more complex relationship between people, the state and other agents than has previously been understood. As the authors argue, we need adequate concepts and practices to grasp the composition and intricacy of these shifting efforts to make visible new political possibilities for action and social justice in cities across Asia and Africa"--

9780745691565 (paperback)


Sociology, Urban--Asia.
Sociology, Urban--Africa.
Urban policy--Asia.
Urban policy--Africa.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban.

307.76095 SIM / 012122
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