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AbdouMaliq Simone

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 21: The Majority-world and the Politics of Everyday Living in Southeast Asia

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The Majority-world and the Politics of Everyday Living in Southeast Asia
The Majority-world and the Politics of Everyday Living in Southeast Asia
AbdouMaliq Simone
Creating cities in-between the lines

Many working- and lower middle-class districts in Asian cities have long been an array of rough landscapes, full of rough edges. The gates, the walls, the structures, the pathways, and so forth may have been propelled with a similar set of imaginaries and constructed with similar kinds of tools and labor, but the outputs resounded with a diversity that stood out by virtue of all the elements of commonality. What Holston (1991) long ago labeled auto-construction in these districts was the plurality of constant incremental adjustments, adaptations, and small innovations that not only ...

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