Urban informality and confinement: toward a relational framework

Pasquetti, S. and Picker, G. (2017) Urban informality and confinement: toward a relational framework. International Sociology, 32(4), pp. 532-544. (doi: 10.1177/0268580917701605)

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In the 21st century, a growing number of people live ‘informal’ lives within fissures between legality and informality. Concomitantly, power relations are increasingly expressed through devices of confinement. While urban informality and confinement are on the rise often occurring simultaneously, scholars have so far studied them separately. By contrast, this article proposes a new framework for analysing urban informality and confinement relationally. It generates new insights into the role of informality in the (re)production of confinement and, vice versa, the role of confinement in shaping informal practices. While these insights are valuable for urban studies in general, the article charts new lines of research on urban marginality. It also discusses how the six articles included in this special issue signal the heuristic potential of this relational framework by empirically examining distinct urban configurations of ‘confined informalities’ and ‘informal confinements’ across the Global North and the Global South.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 661646.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Picker, Dr Giovanni
Authors: Pasquetti, S., and Picker, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:International Sociology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7242
Published Online:21 April 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Sociology 32(4): 532-544
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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