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Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe

How do squatting settlements in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan differ from right-wing squatting in Germany? What commonalities does squatting activism in Brazil and Spain share with squatting in post-World War II UK and Australia? In Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe historians, anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, urban planners, and political activists come together to break new ground in exploring the globalization of knowledge about informal housing. Coming from a diverse collection of perspectives and places, they compare informal settlements, unauthorized occupation of flats, illegal housing construction, and political squatting all around the world.
The contributors to Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe engage with a sweeping variety of topics and 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 new perspectives.

286 pages | 33 color plates | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

Preface Alena Ledeneva and Peter Zusi    1. Towards critique and differentiation – Comparative research on informal housing        Udo Grashoff, Fengzhuo Yang 2.     Illegal housing: The case for comparison Alan Gilbert   3.    Towards a political economy of toleration of illegality: Comparing tolerated squatting in Hong Kong and Paris         Thomas Aguilera, Alan Smart 4.     Squatting in Leiden and Leipzig in the 1970s and 1980s: A comparison of informal housing practices in a capitalist democracy and a communist dictatorship          Udo Grashoff, Charlotte van Rooden, Merel Snoep, Bart van der Steen 5.     Squatters and the socialist heritage: A comparison of squatter settlements in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan          Eliza Isabaeva 6.      Squatting activism in Brazil and Spain: Articulations between the right to housing and the right to the city          Clarissa Campos, Miguel A. Martinez 7.     Favela vs asphalt: Suggesting a new lens on Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and formal city         Theresa Williamson 8.     Between informal and illegal in the Global North: Planning, law, enforcement and justifiable noncompliance         Rachelle Alterman, Inês Calor 9.     Shanty settlements in nineteenth-century Europe: Lessons from comparison with Africa         Olumuyiwa Bayode Adegun 10.  Squats across the Empire: A comparison of squatting movements in post-Second World War UK and Australia        Ian McIntyre 11. Failed takeover: The phenomenon of right-wing squatting        Jakob Warnecke 12. Concluding remarks        Udo Grashoff Bibliography Index

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