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Illegal Cities

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ISBN13: 9781856495493
ISBN: 1856495493
Published: January 1998
Publisher: Zed Books
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00

In the major cities of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the urban poor often have to step outside the law to gain access to housing. Much has been written about the problems they face, but few studies have asked why it matters that their housing is illegal, or what should be done about it. ""Illegal Cities"" seeks to answer these questions by exploring the role of law in the process of urban change. Its broad geographical coverage combines national case studies with overview chapters by leading specialists in the field.;Original and comprehensive, it aims to bring the largely neglected discussion on law and urban change to the attention of those interested in urban studies, to demystify the subject and challenge the uncritical treatment which it has received in traditional legalistic studies.

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Introduction, Edesio Fernandes and Ann Varley; urbanization, law and development, Patrick McAuslan; implications of double standards in housing policy - development of informal settlements in Istanbul, Turkey, Ayse Yonder; land disputes in the absence of ownership rights - insights from Jordan, Omar Razzaz; law and urban change in an Indian city, Amanda Perry; law and urban change in developing countries - the case of the Philippines, Asteya Santiago; legal pluralism in Caracas, Rogelio Perez Perdomo and Teolinda Bolivar; Lima - illegal city, Hildebrando Castro-Pozo Diaz and Patricia Iturregui; law and urban change in Brazil, Edesio Fernandes and Raquel Rolnik; regularization policies, private property and public order in Mexico, Antonia Azuela and Emilio Duhau; a tale of two cities - policy, law and illegal settlements in Kenya, K. Kibwane; law and urban change in the new South Africa, Stephen Berrisford; law and urban change in developing countries - trends and issues, Alain Durand-Lasserve; regulation, the public-private relation and democratic administration, Sergio de Azevedo; epilogue - questions for the future, Ann Varley and Edesio Fernandes.