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Improvised Lives


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Acknowledgements vi 1 The Uninhabitable 1 2 Ensemble Work 34 3 The Mechanics of Improvised Relations 59 4 Inscribing Sociality in the Dark: The Pragmatics of a Legible Home 89 5 The Politics of Peripheral Care 122 References 138 Index 147

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AbdouMaliq Simone is Professor at the Max Plank Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.


"Here, urban worlds - metal scrap, unhinged concrete, electrical waste, slowdowns, and interruptions - emerge with and through secretive human connections. AbdouMaliq Simone narrates the urban as an aesthetics of promise, where the uninhabitable generates districts of improvising communities, collectively living-with, and unsettling, infrastructures of harm." Katherine McKittrick, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada 'A brilliant and innovative account of urban life, seen both as confined to place and at the same time enduring and generative, composed through the weaving together of different experiments, connections, gatherings and imaginaries. As ever in his work, Simone provides us with a unique perspective on the city, and a distinctive way of seeing urbanism and speculating on its social, economic and political potentials.' Colin McFarlane, Durham University

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