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The City, RevisitedUrban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York$
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Dennis R. Judd and Dick Simpson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665754.001.0001

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The City and Its Politics

The City and Its Politics

Informal and Contested

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The City, Revisited

Frank Gaffikin

David C. Perry

Ratoola Kundu

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter suggests that a notable condition of urbanism in the developing world—informality—holds resonance not only for our understanding of places registering the greatest amount of urban change, but also for ways in which such conditions find contested expression in first world cities. It discusses the conditions of the “informal city,” applying empirical examples from a diverse set of urban arenas: in the global south (Kolkata, India, Cape Town, South Africa, and Michoacán, Mexico) and in the first world (from the global yet hypersegregated city of Chicago to the deindustrial and nationalist-contested city of Belfast).

Keywords:   urbanism, urban development, urban theory, cities, developing countries, informality, informal city, developing world

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