Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-2017

Abstract

Studies of informal housing and urban citizenship in South Asia frequently link the precariousness of squatter life with the struggle to formalize engagement with the state. However, this article argues that the transition to a more formal mode of making claims on the state is a shift in terrain that is no less negotiated and contested. Through an ethnography of access to electrical power in Islamabad, Pakistan, this article explores the pervasiveness of informality in access to service delivery for a squatter settlement and its bourgeois neighbors. The politics of access to urban infrastructure reveal a state of pervasive predation and a collective imaginary which puts little credence in formality.

Keywords

electricity, informality, Pakistan, governance, infrastructure

Discipline

Asian Studies | Urban Studies and Planning

Publication

Urban Studies

First Page

1

Last Page

15

ISSN

0042-0980

Identifier

10.1177/0042098017705600

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.dox.org/10.1177/0042098017705600

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