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Kim Dovey

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Chapter 30: Informal Settlement and Assemblage Theory

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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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