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Slum as Theory: Mega-Cities and Urban Models
Slum as theory: Mega-cities and urban models

In their book, Cities: Reimagining the Urban Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift (2002) offer what they characterize as a ‘provisional diagram of how to understand the city’. They recognize, however, that this attempt is limited in several respects, but especially constrained by the specific geopolitics of inherited urban models. For models are precisely those forms that inform theory by positing normative conditions, either as representations that are extrapolated from extant reality or as propositions that might inform future developments.1 Amin and Thrift usefully remind us of the role that models play in framing normative out comes and desires in relation to cities. By concluding that their work is limited vis-à-vis ‘gender, race ...

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