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Selling One's Property in an Informal Settlement: A Praxeological Approach to a Syrian Case Study

Baudouin Dupret and Myriam Ferrier

in Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0003
Selling One's Property in an Informal Settlement: A Praxeological Approach to a Syrian Case Study

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This chapter analyzes the various documents held by the owner of an apartment in a building built without a permit in the heart of the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus. They show that this case comprises a series of acts of sale of the stories of the building on land which was probably unsuitable for development. They reveal the language game used to give the informal property a coherent legal form, as well as the many practices used to prove ownership when a defect precludes the use of ordinary legal techniques.

Keywords: Informal housing; property registration; ownership; Damascus; Palestinian camp; praxeology

Chapter.  6942 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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