Precarious Urbanism Displacement, Belonging and the Reconstruction of Somali Cities - Spaces of Peace, Security and Development

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Publisher's Synopsis

This book explores relationships between war, displacement and city-making. Focusing on people seeking refuge in Somali cities after being forced to migrate by violence, environmental shocks or economic pressures, it highlights how these populations are actively transforming urban space. Using first-hand testimonies and participatory photography by urban in-migrants, the book documents and analyses the micropolitics of urban camp management, evictions and gentrification, and the networked labour of displaced populations that underpins growing urban economies. Central throughout is a critical analysis of how the discursive figure of the 'internally displaced person' is co-produced by various actors. The book argues that this label exerts significant power in structuring socio-economic inequalities and the politics of group belonging within different Somali cities connected through protracted histories of conflict-related migration.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529215229
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Imprint: Bristol University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 307.76096773
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 514g
Height: 165mm
Width: 241mm
Spine width: 20mm