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Informal Settlers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5511-2390
The University of Queensland.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6555-8062
2019 (English)In: The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies / [ed] Anthony M. Orum, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2019Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The nature and scope of “informal settlers” are defined according to specific historical conditions, social conflicts, and spatial configurations. In contrast with the prevailing negative features of slums, other types of informal dwelling are here distinguished and a more nuanced account of informal living given. This approach has consequences for the study of land tenure in terms of its diversity, security, and possible formalization. It is argued that investigations on informality need to focus on the power struggles over resources and the meanings and perceptions of informality, in addition to the systemic constraints for informal settlers, instead of only identifying social practices not in accordance with dominant conventional and legal norms.

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New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2019.
Keywords [en]
informal settlers land planning system social informality squatting structural conditions
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382443DOI: 10.1002/9781118568446.eurs0160ISBN: 9781118568453 (print)ISBN: 9781118568446 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-382443DiVA, id: diva2:1306984
Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-25 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved

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