Planning and Unplanning Amman: Between Formal Planning and Non-traditional Agency

  • Luna Khirfan


In Amman’s fluxional state since the 1920s its East–West divide has remained constant. This chapter analyzes the socio-economic and demographic origins and current status of this divide and reveals that twentieth-century planning has effectively bridged its disparities. In contrast, a favouring of the market in recent initiatives has instigated a regression in formal planning, leading to an unplanned Amman. The chapter delineates civil society’s informal yet influential rise in Amman’s urban governance networks which, especially after the Arab Spring uprisings, have transformed a coerced apathy into forms of non-traditional agency, including: revolt, subversion, and innovative negotiation.


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  • Luna Khirfan
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  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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