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Jakarta, Drawing the City Near$
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AbdouMaliq Simone

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693351

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693351.001.0001

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Endurance

Endurance

Risking the Familiar

Chapter:
(p.209) 4 Endurance
Source:
Jakarta, Drawing the City Near
Author(s):

AbdouMaliq Simone

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693351.003.0005

If communities and institutions are to endure, they must constantly draw bridges between what they do and what others are doing. This is not a bridge that links distinct entities into a common purpose, resemblance, or mutuality. For, bridges also point to breaks and frictions in putting to work different operating systems. Without such frictions there is little motivation to work out ways of associating things that have no overarching reason to be associated. Endurance means to conjoin ourselves with others in the possibility of “saying something” that need not be summed up, that need not have specific parameters of efficacy or objectivity, something that keeps people going in and through transformations that are without precedent in the sense that they need not represent the culmination of a goal or necessity. It means the capacity to risk what is familiar, because what is familiar may not be what it seems to be; every ground and appearance is deceptive.

Keywords:   Global South urbanism, urban politics, relational economy, sustainable development, city life, megacity, technicity, Jakarta, people as infrastructure

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