Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe

Edited by Udo Grashoff

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ISBN: 9781787355231

Publication: February 06, 2020

Series: FRINGE

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, right-wing squatting in Germany, 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.

Praise for Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe

‘[Brings] major contributions ... to the debate around housing informality.'

Udo Grashoff is Francis L Carsten DAAD Lecturer in Modern German History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. He examines resistance, opposition, political violence and individual agency in borderline situations. Instead of a simplifying contrasting juxtaposition of rulers and subjects, he is interested in grey areas, negotiations, interactions and hybrid forms. He is author of Schwarzwohnen: Die Unterwanderung der staatlichen Wohnraumlenkung der DDR (2011) and 'In einem Anfall von Depression...': Selbsttoetungen in der DDR (2006). He is currently working on a project titled 'Betrayal within the communist resistance movement against the Nazi regime.'


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



‘[Brings] major contributions ... to the debate around housing informality.'
  nternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research

Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

286 Pages

33 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787355231

Publication: February 06, 2020

Series: FRINGE

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