New Urban WorldsInhabiting Dissonant Times
New Urban Worlds
Inhabiting Dissonant Times

It is well known that the world is transitioning to an irrevocable urban future whose epicentre has moved into the cities of Asia and Africa. The full implications of this transformation cry out to be understood because city building (and retrofitting) cannot but be an undertaking entangled in profound societal and cultural shifts.

In this highly original account, renowned urbanists AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse offer a call for action based fundamentally on the detail of people’s lives. Urban regions are replete with residents who are compelled to come up with innovative ways to maintain or extend livelihoods, whose makeshift character is rarely institutionalized into a fixed set of practices, locales or organizational forms. This novel analytical approach reveals a more complex relationship between people, the state and other agents than has previously been understood. As the authors argue, we need adequate concepts and practices to grasp the composition and intricacy of these shifting efforts to make visible new political possibilities for action and social justice in cities across Asia and Africa.

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  • June 2017
  • 264 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Paradoxes of the Urban

Chapter 2: Precarious Now

Chapter 3: Re-Description

Chapter 4: Secretions

Chapter 5: Horizons From Within the Break

Chapter 6: Experimentations

Chapter 7: Epilogue: A Story About Stories

About the Author

AbdouMaliq Simone is Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Visiting Professor of Sociology and Urbanism at Goldsmiths, University of London

Edgar Pieterse is South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town and Director of the African Centre for Cities.

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“Ceaselessly inventive and frequently provocative, New Urban Worlds anticipates new models, methods and modes of urbanism. Paying attention to the details, AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse recount a multiplicity of urban stories from Asia and Africa – stories of political possibility and experimental potential – with a keen-eyed and always creative purpose.”
Jamie Peck, University of British Columbia

“Deeply conceptual and creatively pragmatic, this is a core text from two of the most significant voices in urban studies today. They offer a highly original retheorization of the urban and open up distinctive new horizons for scholars everywhere seeking to catch the dynamic, varied meanings and effects of the urban.”
Jennifer Robinson, University College London

“The vision of urban life that emerges here is messy, pluralistic, paradoxical and – perhaps above all – serendipitous. Simone and Pieterse call on researchers to be as experimental and eclectic in our scholarship as urban inhabitants are in their everyday lives; borrowing ideas and resources from different domains, and re-assembling them in ways that shed new light on pressing issues.”
Urban Studies

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