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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

Informal Settlement and Assemblage Theory
Informal Settlement and Assemblage Theory
Kim Dovey
INTRODUCTION

Much has been made of the fact that most of the global population is now urban, up from about 30 percent in 1950 and rising. It is not so often noted that most rural-to-urban migration has been accommodated in informal settlements, outside the control of the state and without the engagement of built environment professions. Over a billion people now live in ‘informal’ settlements that are permanently incorporated into the ‘formal’ city with no prospect of wholesale erasure and replacement. While partially synonymous with ‘slums’ and ‘squatting', ‘informality’ is not a condition of poverty or lack of tenure so much as a form of urbanity that emerges outside formal urban planning frameworks. Informality is ...

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