On the ways of knowing and understanding informality

Mohan, Deepanshu, Sekhani, Richa and Kaushik, Arun Kumar (2018) On the ways of knowing and understanding informality. Asian Journal of Public Affairs, 10 (2). pp. 71-79. ISSN 1793-933X

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In the mainstream international development discourse, one often finds a general dualistic outlook in classifying the concept of (urban) informality, seen to be strikingly different from the formal, regulated economic arrangements. Earlier definitions explaining informality in context of market arrangements across the Global south often failed to present a cohesive, inclusive framework vital for analysing (urban) informal, socioeconomic arrangements as an integral part of rapidly urbanizing developing economies. This essay seeks to examine the extent of this epistemological conflict while reviewing some of the classical studies on urban informality. We argue how an inclusive framework to urban policy planning is needed to avoid a broader generalization of the subject. Since the developing countries of South and South East Asia constitute a large share of workers being employed in the informal market arrangements; an inclusive perspective in understanding informality is warranted and emphasised upon in this essay.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Informality | Urban planning
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Urban Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2022 09:12
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 09:12
Official URL: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_i...
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/2735


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