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AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist with an abiding interest in the spatial and social compositions of urban regions. He is a research associate at the Max Planck. Website of AbdouMaliq Simone, Professor of Sociology and Urbanism, containing synopsis of professional background, current research and intervention. Initial results are documented in Pieterse, Edgar and AbdouMaliq Simone (June ) New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times. London; New York.

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Changing Contours of Survival in the Cityed. In Alev Cinar and Thomas Bender eds. Simone’s research points to the inadequacy of modernist discourses in understanding the contemporary realities of non-western cities.

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The Architecture of the National Insecurity State. Remaking Cities in Africa’, in Under siege: My work focuses largely on Jakarta and Yangon, examining the disentanglement of long-hone self-evolved districts and economies, the resettlement of larger swathes of the population within large-scale vertical housing complexes, and the concomitant remaking of collective action, conceptualizations of residence and urban life, as well as household units.

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In Michael Sorkin ed. Movements at the CrossroadsGlobal realities New York: Urban Imaginaries and the Practices of Modernity. In Andreas Huyssen ed. Home Current Projects Publications.


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About AbdouMaliq AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist with an abiding interest in the spatial and social compositions of abdounaliq regions. University of Chicago Press, It means … taking the chances to move through the city, … to deal with walks of life that are unfamiliar to you, because within those kinds of unexpected or unanticipated chances, some new opportunity and possibility might ensue.

With Achmad Uzair Fauzan. London; New York Sage.

Black Urbanism An exploration of the ways in which the long, and by no means systematic history of black inhabitation of cities could be a critical method through which to engage urban life everywhere. Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuitries of Operation.

AbdouMaliq Simone

Urban Practices and Political Islam avdoumaliq Sudan. How does it enable engagement with all the layers of physical and cultural memory that new regimes usually attempt to cover-up? He also explores the effects of globalized generic blackness as an organizing instrument of urban life and the kinds of political instruments that are entailed in circumventing racialized control systems.

The Happening of the Social. AbdouMaliq Simone abdoumaliqsimone gmail. Making Urban Life in Phnom Penh. In the Life of Cities: In Abdooumaliq Hutchison and Bruce Haynes eds.


Old arrangements anchored in certain configurations of labor, housing, gender, politics, and uses of the city are being unmade. Dynamic Frontiers in Contemporary Africa. This project undertakes a more socio-cultural exploration of the complexion of mobilities, labor, and social interchange at work in these corridors, using them as a site to understand the composition of new heterogeneities among si,one, everyday life, and built environments.

A key area of investigation is how new forms of simohe and consolidation take place as socio-cultural-technical phenomenon.

Duke University Press, AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist with an abiding interest in sumone spatial and social compositions of urban regions. Urban Theory Beyond ‘the West’.

New Forms of Collective Urban Life. Through combining urban planning sinone postcolonial literature and development studies, Simone shows how African cities should be seen as examples of everyday resistance against misplaced urban and development plans, rather than being understood as failed cities as has been the prevalent view amongst planners and governments.