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Improvised Lives

Hardback By AbdouMaliq Simone
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The poor and working people in cities of the South find themselves in urban spaces that are conventionally construed as places to reside or inhabit. But what if we thought of popular districts in more expansive ways that capture what really goes on within them? In such cities, popular districts are the settings of more uncertain operations that take place under the cover of darkness, generating uncanny alliances among disparate bodies, materials and things and expanding the urban sensorium and its capacities for liveliness.

In this important new book Abdou

Maliq Simone explores the nature of these alliances, portraying urban districts as sites of enduring transformations through rhythms that mediate between the needs of residents not to draw too much attention to themselves and their aspirations to become a small niche of exception. Here we discover an urban South that exists as dense rhythms of endurance that turn out to be vital for survival, connectivity, and becoming.

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Format: Hardback, 120 pages Language: English
Dimension: 21.84cm x 14.48cm x 1.78cm ISBN10: 1509523359
Weight: 318g ISBN13: 9781509523351
Publication Date: 02 Nov 2018 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author


Maliq Simone is Professor at the Max Plank Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

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“Here, urban worlds – metal scrap, unhinged concrete, electrical waste, slowdowns, and interruptions – emerge with and through secretive human connections. Abdou

Maliq Simone narrates the urban as an aesthetics of promise, where the uninhabitable generates districts of improvising communities, collectively living-with, and unsettling, infrastructures of harm.”Katherine Mc

Kittrick, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada‘A brilliant and innovative account of urban life, seen both as confined to place and at the same time enduring and generative, composed through the weaving together of different experiments, connections, gatherings and imaginaries. As ever in his work, Simone provides us with a unique perspective on the city, and a distinctive way of seeing urbanism and speculating on its social, economic and political potentials.

’Colin Mc

Farlane, Durham University


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