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Understanding the City through its Margins

Pluridisciplinary Perspectives from Case Studies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, 1st Edition

Edited by André Chappatte, Ulrike Freitag, Nora Lafi


190 pages

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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?

Table of Contents

  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

About the Editors

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Africa / General
HISTORY / Africa / West
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
HISTORY / Middle East / Turkey & Ottoman Empire