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Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe brings together historians, anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, urban planners and political activists to break new ground in the globalisation of knowledge about informal housing. Providing both methodological reflections and practical examples, they compare informal settlements, unauthorised occupation of flats, illegal housing construction and political squatting in different regions of the world. Subjects covered include squatter settlements in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, squatting activism in Brazil and Spain, right-wing squatting in Germany, planning laws and informality across countries in the Global North, and squatting in post-Second World War UK and Australia. The volume’s global approach is found not only in the variety of topics but in the origins of its authors, who between them contribute specialist knowledge from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, North and South America, and Eastern and Western Europe. Bringing together such a wide range of authors and subjects demonstrates the power of comparative research to open up new perspectives. By comparing, for example, toleration of informal housing in Hong Kong and Paris, squatting in the Netherlands and communist East Germany, or slums in nineteenth-century Europe and twentieth-century Africa, the chapters connect different contexts in path-breaking fashion.

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  1. Title Page
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of tables
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  1. List of contributors
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  1. Series editors’ preface
  2. Alena Ledeneva and Peter Zusi
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  1. Editor’s preface
  2. Udo Grashoff
  3. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. 1. Towards critique and differentiation: Comparative research on informal housing
  2. Udo Grashoff and Fengzhuo Yang
  3. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. Illegal housing: The case for comparison
  2. Alan Gilbert
  3. pp. 22-38
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  1. 3. Towards a political economy of toleration of illegality: Comparing tolerated squatting in Hong Kong and Paris
  2. Alan Smart and Thomas Aguilera
  3. pp. 39-65
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  1. 4. Squatting in Leiden and Leipzig in the 1970s and 1980s: A comparison of informal housing practices in a capitalist democracy and a communist dictatorship
  2. Udo Grashoff, Charlotte van Rooden, Merel Snoep and Bart van der Steen
  3. pp. 66-94
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  1. 5. Squatters and the socialist heritage: A comparison of informal settlements in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
  2. Eliza Isabaeva
  3. pp. 95-109
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  1. 6. Squatting activism in Brazil and Spain: Articulations between the right to housing and the right to the city
  2. Clarissa Campos and Miguel A. Martínez
  3. pp. 110-129
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  1. 7. Favela vs asphalt: Suggesting a new lens on Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and formal city
  2. Theresa Williamson
  3. pp. 130-149
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  1. 8. Between informal and illegal in the Global North: Planning law, enforcement and justifiable noncompliance
  2. Rachelle Alterman and Inês Calor
  3. pp. 150-185
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  1. 9. Shanty settlements in nineteenth-century Europe: Lessons from comparison with Africa
  2. Olumuyiwa Bayode Adegun
  3. pp. 186-201
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  1. 10. Squats across the Empire: A comparison of squatting movements in post-Second World War UK and Australia
  2. Iain McIntyre
  3. pp. 202-222
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  1. 11. Failed takeover: The phenomenon of right-wing squatting
  2. Jakob Warnecke
  3. pp. 223-237
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  1. 12. Concluding remarks
  2. Udo Grashoff
  3. pp. 238-242
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 243-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-267
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787355217
Related ISBN(s)
9781787355224
MARC Record
OCLC
1137317221
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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