Urban Informality

Ananya Roy

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374995
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Urban Informality


This article examines contemporary understandings of the informal city and situates them in a broader history of ideas. It investigates why certain land uses and settlement patterns are designated as formal by the state while others are criminalized and maintained as informal, and considers the ownership and use of property, focusing on the splintered landscapes of spatial value that mark the metropolitan regions of the Global South. The article also proposes a conceptual framework for the study of urban informality.

Keywords: informal city; land uses; settlement patterns; metropolitan regions; Global South; urban informality

Article.  7315 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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