INFORMALITY IN PRACTICE – n.2

This post is part of a series on informality in practice, to be published at regular interval on the ATS blog.

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Vacant houses, Baltimore (Photo by Flickr user cranky messiah, Creative Commons license)

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CORNER BOYZ N THE HOOD

Or: tapping into the latent potential of people

Straight from the epic tv series “The Wire”: how do you teach something to West Baltimore’s worst “corner boys”?

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INFORMALITY IN PRACTICE – n.1

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Artisan’s workshop, City of the Dead, Cairo (Alessandro Colombo)

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INTRO

This post is part of a series on informality in practice, to be published at regular interval on the ATS blog.

Formally, the series constitutes a theoretically-ambitious attempt at exploring the implications of key insights from practice theory for the realm of urban governance (both analytically and normatively). In methodological terms, the series will implement a heuristic research strategy based (in terms of its epistemological premises) on the potential of bottom-up theorization via case studies research.

Practically, the series will publish short posts telling stories – possibly with short video clips and nice pictures of exotic places. If this thing is going to fly, it will first become something self-sustaining, then a must read for the local community of scholars, then a trail-blazing publication, then an H2020, and finally a hugely popular and critically-acclaimed tv series like Black Mirror – only focusing on the more optimistic side of life.

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