Major cities worldwide are caught in a whirlwind of change that is turning urban spaces into strategic sites for emerging and yet undefined forms of citizenship. Migration, civil society, new spaces of consumption and exclusion, and an array of national and transnational players are transforming the major cities of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
From the slums of Mumbai to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, from the skyscrapers of Dubai to urbanising Palestinian refugee camps, the new cities are altering the answers to one of mankind’s oldest questions: where do I belong?
Topics include governments, frontiers and exclusion zones, concepts of citizenship and urban struggles over space and identity. Drieskens, Mermier and Wimmen have assembled an important book on a subject that will gain even more relevance as the century progresses.
About the Editor(s)
Barbara Drieskens is an urban anthropologist and an assistant visiting professor at the American University of Beirut. Her research in Beirut focuses on young unmarried women and the issues of freedom and social control.
Franck Mermier is the director of contemporary studies at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient. He is an anthropologist whose research deals primarily with urban societies in the Arab world.
Heiko Wimmen is a programme manager for the regional Middle East office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Beirut. From 1996–2002, he worked as a Middle East correspondent and broadcast producer for German print and broadcast media.