The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.
Chapter 21: The Majority-world and the Politics of Everyday Living in Southeast Asia
The Majority-world and the Politics of Everyday Living in Southeast Asia
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 ...