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Shared Social and Juridical Meanings as Observed in an Aleppo ‘Marginal’ Neighborhood

Zouhair Ghazzal

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/9789774165405.003.0008
Shared Social and Juridical Meanings as Observed in an Aleppo ‘Marginal’ Neighborhood

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This chapter details the various aspects of urban informality and methods of property registration in informal settlements in Aleppo, as well as the tribal codes that govern social relations in these neighborhoods. It describes how, by making a false declaration of breach of contract in court, the parties officially set out the details of a plot and the names of its owners. The author carries out a micro-sociological study of working-class neighborhoods in Aleppo in order to show that their residents handle crimes and homicides themselves, following customary tribal law, before referring cases to the police.

Keywords: Urban informality; informal settlements; Aleppo neighborhoods; legal practices

Chapter.  13484 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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