1st Edition

Understanding the City through its Margins Pluridisciplinary Perspectives from Case Studies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East

Edited By André Chappatte, Ulrike Freitag, Nora Lafi Copyright 2018
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Cities the world over and in particular developing countries suffer from uneven development and inequality. This is often coupled with the view that these inequalities constitute unfortunate anomalies. In contrast, this edited volume draws out the ways in which the city has not been able to exist without its margins, both materially, ideationally, and socially. In this book the margins are, first, the mirrors of the city and, second, a fundamental route through which various centers can legitimate and sustain their power. Contemporary case studies are compared to a number of those from history with the accent on Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and engage with the underlying theoretical questions of what is the urban margin and what is marginality in urban society and spaces?

    1. The City and its Regulations: Unexpected Margins
    2. André Chappatte, Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi

      Part I: Space and State Regulation: The Urban Interstices

    3. Markets and Marginality in Beirut
    4. Frank Mermier

    5. The Tremendous Making and Unmaking of the Peripheries in Current Istanbul
    6. Jean-François Pérouse

    7. Paradoxical Forms of Urbanity on the Margins? The Kherba: a Vivid Market in a Damaged Section of the Medina of Tunis
    8. Nora Lafi

    9. Whose Margins? Marginality, Poverty and the Moral Geography of Pre-Soviet Bukhara
    10. Jeanine Dağyeli

    11. On the Margins of the City: Izmir Prison in the Late Ottoman Empire
    12. Ufuk Adak

      Part II: Diversity and Moral Policing: Making Claims through Marginalization

    13. Texas’: An Off-Centre District at the Heart of Nightlife in Odienné
    14. André Chappatte

    15. The Manyema of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) between Urban Margins and Regional Connections
    16. Katharina Zöller

    17. On the Margins: Suburban Space and Religious Deviancy in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur
    18. Saskia Schäfer

    19. Ethnic Differentiation and Conflict Dynamics: Uzbeks Marginalization and Non-Marginalization in Southern Kyrgyzstan

    Aksana Ismailbekova and Baktygul Karimova


    André Chappatte, Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi are all at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Germany.