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The Making of a 'Colony' in Karachi and the Politics of Regularisation

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Gazdar, Haris; Mallah, Hussain Bux
Journal: South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal
Volume: 5
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8298
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): settlement
collective action
governance and politics
Abstract: "Around half of Karachi’s population resides in localities that started life as unplanned settlements, which acquired different levels of security from eviction. This paper examines the relationship between demand-making by unplanned settlements and urban political process. It interprets the gradual transformation of a cluster originally on the geographic and social periphery of the city into a regularised colony through the lens of collective action. The diverse roles of migration, mobilisation, and collective identity which we find in individual stories and community histories, capture a range of processes and experiences within Karachi’s wide margin. The politics of regularisation thus offers a critical perspective on the dynamics of urban democracy."

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