City Life from Jakarta to Dakar

Movements at the Crossroads

By AbdouMaliq Simone

© 2010 – Routledge

406 pages

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About the Book

City Life from Jakarta to Dakar focuses on the politics incumbent to this process – an "anticipatory politics" – that encompasses a wide range of practices, calculations and economies. As such, the book is not a collection of case studies on a specific theme, not a review of developmental problems, nor does it marshal the focal cities as evidence of particular urban trends. Rather, it examines how possibilities, perhaps inherent in these cities all along, are materialized through the everyday projects of residents situated in the city and the larger world in very different ways.

Reviews

"Lucid and lyrical, City Life from Jarkarta to Dakar reveals what is unknown to most of urban sociology: the globally interconnected everyday life of our cities. Simone’s compelling narratives coalesce into a brilliant new analytics for understanding how people, despite all odds, struggle to make cities their own."—Michael Goldman, Sociology and Global Studies, University of Minnesota

"AbdouMaliq Simone is one of the most important interlocuters of contemporary urbanism. In provocative fashion, his work shows how the poetics of everyday urban life is also an extraordinary politics of resilience, speculation, and accumulation." Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

"Simone is one of the most influential and original urban thinkers writing today. This book breaks new ground in the comparative analysis of cities in the global South raising questions that cut across both theory and practice in a variety of unexpected and imaginative ways."—Matthew Gandy, Geography, University College London

"The book’s topic, originality, and ambition should make it required reading for urbanists as well as scholars of development and globalization."- Michael McQuarrie, University of California, Davis for Contemporary Sociology. 2012 41: 367

Table of Contents

1. On Cityness 2. Towards an Anticipatory Urban Politics 3. Intersections: What Can Urban Residents Do With Each Other? 4. Circulations: Finance As a Model of City Making 5.Back to Intersection and Recharging the City 6. Reclaiming Black Urbanism

About the Author

AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since 1977 he has had many jobs in different cities across African and Southeast Asia, in the fields of education, housing, social welfare, urban development, and local government. His best known publications are In Whose Image: Political Islam and Urban Practices in the Sudan, and For the City Yet to Come: Urban Change in Four African Cities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL002000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
SOC001000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC026030
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOC042000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries