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Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe - cover

Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe

Udo Grashoff

Publisher: UCL Press

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Summary

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, 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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