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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His work reveals the potential of these cities and points to how their particular resources can be put to work for the development of urban planning policies and proposals.

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A World of Cities: AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist with an abiding interest in the spatial and social compositions of urban regions. Particular emphasis placed on the modalities through which social heterogeneity is reconstituted in new built environments and governance arrangements.

African Urbanities in the Larger Urban World. Home Current Projects Publications. Oxford University Press, How might it exhibit all that the city does not show, either because its inhabitants abdoumwliq prohibited from paying attention or because whatever is considered normative or spectacular in city life has to get rid of the messy abdoumzliq and politics that brought it about?

Urbanizing the Postcolony in Africa and Southeast Asia. Urban Theory Beyond ‘the West’. In Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford eds. Major findings so far point to a major transformation in how residents think about urban life, the valorization of circulation—through more expansive urban circuits and heterogeneous economic and social networks—and the prolific re-assembly of collective life under new, more provisional modalities that often diverge from the imaginaries suggested by the new built environments in which people increasingly reside.


Duke University Press, Old arrangements anchored in certain configurations of labor, housing, gender, politics, and uses of the city are being unmade. AbdouMaliq Simone abdoumaliqsimone gmail. Through combining urban planning with 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.

Movements at the Crossroads. The Happening of the Social. In Alev Cinar and Thomas Bender eds.

Parallel Narratives of the Urban. Living through Uncertainty in Jakarta. University of Chicago Press. Follow AbdouMaliq on Twitter: University of Minnesota Press, Urban Imaginaries and the Practices of Modernity. City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Urban Practices and Political Islam in Sudan.

Urban Life in Four African Cities. New Forms of Collective Urban Life. Comprehensive publications list siimone here.

AbdouMaliq Simone, Professor of Sociolgy and Urbanism, Goldsmiths College

As an urbanist he has carried out research on African cities and more recently on South-east Asian cities. Theory, Culture and Society In Tim Edensor and Mark Jayne eds. His present research examine unconventional processes of urbanization across extended urban regions in South and Southeast Asia, exploring particularly the kinds of analytical and governance frameworks necessary to address the disparate conjunctions of landscapes, aspirations, and economies prevalent in these regions.


A key area of investigation is how new forms of concentration and consolidation take place as socio-cultural-technical phenomenon. In Michael Sorkin ed.

The project investigates these changes and the emergent politics and forms of collective life by engaging abdoumaiq the everyday of five cities: London; New York Sage.

Home Current Projects Publications. In Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson eds. For the City Yet to Come: The Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory.

Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuitries of Operation. The New Blackwell Companion to the City. His work focuses on the everyday experiences of people in sites and locations that are under-represented within academia, such as his book, For the City Yet to Comewhich examined the social networks in Douala in Cameroon, Pikine, a large suburb of Dakar in Senegal, the African community in Jeddah, abdoumwliq Winterveld, a neighbourhood on the edge of Pretoria, South Africa.

He also explores the effects of globalized generic blackness as an organizing instrument of urban life and the kinds of abdoumqliq instruments that are entailed in circumventing racialized control systems.

Changing Contours of Survival in the City. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research