© 1994

The Informal City


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Michel S. Laguerre
    Pages 1-26
  3. Michel S. Laguerre
    Pages 27-45
  4. Michel S. Laguerre
    Pages 47-74
  5. Michel S. Laguerre
    Pages 75-101
  6. Michel S. Laguerre
    Pages 103-121
  7. Michel S. Laguerre
    Pages 123-138
  8. Michel S. Laguerre
    Pages 139-155
  9. Michel S. Laguerre
    Pages 157-161
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 163-180

About this book


In this book, Michel S.Laguerre argues that there exists an informal city located just beneath and in the interstices of the formal city. The metaphor is not geographical, but rather structural and hermeneutical. This is the city where manoeuvres that cannot be done publicly, legally, ethically or otherwise are performed. The author shows with illustrative data drawn from the American urban experience - the San Francisco-Oakland Metropolitan area - why and how the informal city must be seen as the hidden dimension of the formal city.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

About the authors

MICHEL S. LAGUERRE is Professor of Social Anthropology and Afro-American Studies and a Member of the Executive Committee of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California at Berkeley.

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