Introduction: Asian Cities and Urban Settlers

Jordan Sand*

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This essay introduces six studies based on oral history and ethnography in spontaneous urban settlements in East and Southeast Asia. It proposes that asking residents to tell the history of their settlements provides an important tool for understanding them in the context of their cities. Rather than focusing on the theoretical issues around “informality,” we seek to understand the settlement process itself, in both material and discursive terms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-374
Number of pages7
JournalCity and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Asian Cities
  • Informal Settlements
  • Oral History
  • Self-Building
  • Slums

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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