CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World, Robert Neuwirth, Routledge, New York (2006)

Department

Department of Writing and Communication

Publication Date

2-2008

Publication Title

Cities

ISSN

0264-2751

Volume

25

Issue/No.

1

First Page

58

Last Page

59

Abstract

Excerpt

In Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World, investigative reporter Robert Neuwirth explores squatter communities in Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Mumbai, and Istanbul. Using statistical data—that one in six people in the world is a squatter—Neuwirth entices readers into a discussion of squatting as a widespread and yet neglected issue. Throughout Shadow Cities, Neuwirth advocates for a (re)conceptualization of squatting as a legitimate form of urban development, one that is sustained almost solely by the effort and persistence of the squatters themselves. Journalistic in tone, Neuwirth’s relaxed approach intertwines history, theory, and personal experience into an investigation of squatter communities throughout the world.

DOI

10.1016/j.cities.2007.11.001

Peer Reviewed

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