The Missing People

Reflections on an urban majority in cities of the south

Authored by: AbdouMaliq Simone

The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415818650
eBook ISBN: 9780203387832
Adobe ISBN: 9781136678202

10.4324/9780203387832.ch28

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Abstract

Imagine the near-impossible task of walking the length and width of huge urban regions such as those of São Paolo, Mexico City, Delhi, Karachi, or Jakarta. Much of what you would see would not fit easily into the usual images or understanding of built environments and social compositions. Certainly there are large areas of the poor, the rich, and the middle class. But there are also extensive areas where the mixtures are so intense that it is not easy to make definitive attributions. These are the domains of nurses, teachers, factory and service workers, police, storekeepers, technicians, drivers, and those who adamantly refuse to be officially employed.

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