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City of a Thousand Dimensions

A study of the forces that shaped Jakarta into the city it is today.

Indonesian writer Seno Gumira Ajidarma has called Jakarta a city of a thousand dimensions. A megacity of 30 million under threat from rising sea levels and temperatures, Jakarta and its resilient residents improvise and thrive. This book teases out some of the dimensions that have given shape to contemporary Jakarta, including the city’s expanded flexibility in accommodating capital and labor, and the consistent lack of planning that can be understood as a result of both politics and the poetics of governing in the region. Jakarta is essential reading for those seeking to understand one of Asia's most dynamic cities.

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Table of Contents

Dedication List of Figures
Introduction: A City with a Thousand Dimensions: Theory, Practice, Subjectivity
1. Middling Urbanism
2. The Rule of Many Orders
3. Roads, Rhizomes and Regimes
4. Where will the Water Go?
5. A New Assemblage City
6. Urban Politics
7. Islamist Urbanism
8. Escape from Jakarta: The Future Redux
9. Jakarta: A Conversation
10. Our Streets: Reflections on a Pandemic City
Afterword: On “Multitude” and the Urban Question: A Reading in a Time of Pandemics

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