Abdoumalig Simone, City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads, Routledge, 2010.

“City Life from Jakarta to Dakar is an important new book examining the potentials of urban life from unexpected places that has been consciously written for undergraduate urban courses, while not oversimplifying its subject.

Through powerful stories as well as an incisive theoretical point of view, the book puts cities in Africa and Southeast Asia as a cutting edge in thinking about the urban world of today. It shows how much of what is considered peripheral to urban life is actually critical to it and thereby opens up new ways for understanding what is possible to do in cities from now on.”

Abdoumaliq Simone is an urbanist and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has been visiting Jakarta and Indonesia at large since 1980’s, and especially intensely in the last five years. While in Jakarta he helps, among others, Urban Poor Consortium, with their research. He is visiting Jakarta again in later half of this year.

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