1994 In Whose Image? Urban Practices and Political Islam in Sudan. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press. info
2004 For the City Yet to Come: Urban Life in Four African Cities. Durham, N.C.; London: Duke University Press. info
2005 Urban Africa: Changing Contours of Survival in the City. Dakar: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa; London: Zed Books. With Abdelghani Abouhani. info
2009 City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads. New York; London: Routledge. info
2014 Jakarta: Drawing the City Near. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press. info
2017 New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times, with Edgar Pieterse. Cambridge UK; Malden, MA: Polity
2018 (forthcoming) The Uninhabitable: Afterlives of the South (based on three lectures to be delivered at Cambridge University, November 2017). Cambridge UK: Polity..
2007 Sacral Spaces in Two West African Cities. In Pal Ahluwahlia, Louise Bethlemen, and Ruth Ginio (eds.) Violence and Non-Violence in Africa. London; New York: Routledge 63-83.
2007 Assembling Douala. In Alev Cinar and Thomas Bender (eds.) Locating the City: Urban Imaginaries and the Practices of Modernity. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 79-99.
2007 Broken Links, Changing Speeds, Spatial Multiples. In Kevin Hetherington, Ann Cronin and Beatriz Jaguaribe (eds.) Consuming the City. London; New York: Routledge, 161-180.
2007 Waiting in African Cities. In Michael Sorkin (ed.) Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State. London; New York: Routledge, 97-109.
2008 The Last Shall Be First: African Urbanities in the Larger Urban World. In Andreas Huyssen (ed.) Other Cities; Other Worlds: Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing Age. Durham, N.C.; London: Duke University Press, 99-119.
2008 Practices of Convertibility in Inner City Douala and Johannesburg. In Kamran Adar Ali and Martina Rieker (eds.) Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. London: Palgrave, 135-168.
2008 The Politics of 'Cityness' in a World of Deals. In Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer (eds.) Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers.
2010 Reaching a Larger World: Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuitries of Operation. In Linda Herrera and Asef Bayat (eds.) Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 188-211.
2011 The Politics of Urban Intersection: Materials, Affect, Bodies. In Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson (eds.) The New Blackwell Companion to the City. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 357-366.
2011 Nation, Modernity, World. In Greig Cryslter, Stephen Cairns, and Hilde Heine (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory. London; New York Sage.
2011 No Longer the Subaltern: Refiguring Cities in the Global South. In Tim Edensor and Mark Jayne (eds.) A World of Cities: Urban Theory Beyond 'the West'. London; New York: Routledge.
2011 Demonstrations at Work: Notes from Urban Africa. In Ray Hutchison and Bruce Haynes (eds.) The Ghetto Reader: Edited collection of contemporary scholarship. Boulder, CO.; New York: Westview Press and Perseus, 245-264.
2012 Urban Screens. In Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford (eds.) Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social. London; New York: Routledge.
2012 Ghostly Crack and Urban Deceptions: Jakarta. In Mohsen Mostafavi (ed.) In the Life of Cities: Parallel Narratives of the Urban. Harvard Graduate School of Design and Lars Muller Publishers.
2014 Infrastructure, Real Economies, and Social Transformation: Assembling the components for regional urban development in Africa. In Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse (eds.) Africa's Urban Revolution. London: Zed, 221-236.
2014 The Missing People: reflections on an urban majority in cities of the south. In Susan Parnell and Sophie Oldfield (eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Cities on the Global South. London; New York: Routledge, 322-325.
2014 “Too Many Things to Do: Social Dimensions of City-Making in Africa. In Mamadou Diouf and Rosalind Fredericks (eds.) The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities: Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
2014 Relational infrastructures in postcolonial worlds. In Steven Graham and Colin McFarlane (eds) Infrastructural Lives: Politics, Experience and the Urban Fabric. London: Earthscan-Routledge.
2015 “Sociability and Endurance in Jakarta.” In Hélène Frichot, Catherina Gabrielsson, and Jonathan Metzger (eds.) Deleuze and the City. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
2016 “Cities that are Just Cities.” In Michele Lancione (ed.) Rethinking Life at the Margins: The Assemblage of Contexts, Subjects, and Politics. Surrey: Ashgate.
2016 “The Generic City: Examples from Jakarta, Indonesia and Maputo, Mozambique. In Penny Harvey, Casper Bruun Jensen, Atsuro Morita (eds.) Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Routledge Companion. London; New York: Routledge, 128-140, with Morten Nielsen.
2016 “Attention to infrastructure offers a welcome reconfiguration of anthropological approaches to the political. The 2015 meeting of the Group for Debates in Anthropological Theory (GDAT). Critique of Anthropology DOI: 10.1177/0308275X16683023, with Laura Bear, Penny Harvey, Sian Lazar, Laura Raval, and Soumhya Venkatesan.
2017 “The Majority World and the Politics of Everyday Living in Southeast Asia.” In Ricky Burdett and Suzanne Hall (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City. London: Sage.
2017 “Living as Logistics: Tenuous Struggles in the Remaking of Urban Collective Life.” In Gautam Bhan, Smita Srinivas and Vanessa Watson (eds.) Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South. London; New York: Routledge.
2017 (forthcoming) “Precarious Detachments: circulating futures in urban Southeast Asia” In Setha Low (ed.) Routledge Handbook on the Anthropology of the City: Engaging the Urban and the Future.
2017 (forthcoming) “Relational Economy.” In Anthony Orum (ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia on Urban and Regional Studies. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
2017 (forthcoming) “Detachment Down South: On Salvage Operations and City-making.” In Kerry Byström, Ashleigh Harris and Andrew Webber (eds.) Cities of the South/Cities of the North. London; New York: Routledge.
2017 (forthcoming) “Inoperable Relations and Urban Change.” In Russell West-Pavlov (ed.) The Global South and Literature. Cambridge University Press.
2017 (forthcoming) “The Politics of Increments in Collective Urban Action.” In Rita Padawangi (ed.) Routledge of Handbook of Urbanisation in Southeast Asia. London; New York: Routledge.
2001 Straddling the Divides: Remaking Associational Life in the Informal African City. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 25: 102-117.
2001 Africities: Popular Engagements of the Urban in Contemporary Africa. Space and Culture 8-9: 252-261.
2001 On the Worlding of African Cities. African Studies Review 44: 15-41.
2004 People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg. Public Culture 16: 407-429.
2006 Pirate Towns: Reworking Social and Symbolic Infrastructures in Douala and Johannesburg. Urban Studies 43: 257-270.
2007 Deep into the Night the City Calls while the Blacks Come Home to Roost. Theory, Culture and Society 24: 235-248.
2008 Some Reflections on Making Popular Culture in Urban Africa. African Studies Review 51: 75-89.
2008 Emergency Democracy and the Governing Composite. Social Text 26: 13-23.
2008 The Politics of the Possible: Making Urban Life in Phnom Penh. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 29: 186-204.
2010 On Intersections, Anticipations, and Provisional Publics: Remaking District Life in Jakarta. Urban Geography 31: 285-308.
2010 A Town on its Knees? Economic Experimentations with Postcolonial Urban Politics in African and Southeast Asian. Theory, Culture and Society 27: 130-154.
2011 Securing the Majority: Living through Uncertainty in Jakarta. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 36: 315-335
2011 Deals with Imaginaries and Perspectives: Reworking Urban Economies in Kinshasa. Social Dynamics 37: 111-124.
2011 The Urbanity of Movement: Dynamic Frontiers in Contemporary Africa. Journal of Planning Education Research 31: 379-391.
2011 The Inelligible Majority: Urbanizing the Postcolony in Africa and Southeast Asia. GeoForum 42: 266-270.
2011 The Surfacing of Urban Life. City 15:365-364.
2012 Making Security Work for the Majority: Reflections on Two Districts in Jakarta. City & Society 24:129-149. With Achmad Uzair Fauzan.
2013 Majority Time: Operations in the Midst of Jakarta. The Sociological Review 61: 109-123. With Achmad Uzair Fauzan
2013 “Cities and Security: Matters of Everyday Relations.” UN Chronicle: The Magazine of the United Nations 1: August 2013 http://unchronicle.un.org/issue/security/
2013 “On the Way to Being Middle Class: The Practices of Emergence in Jakarta.” City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 17: 279-298, with Achmad Uzair Fauzan
2014 "We are here alone": the ironic potentials and vulnerabilities of mixed (up) districts in Central Jakarta. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38: 1509-1524.
2014 Cities of Uncertainty, Jakarta, the Urban Majority, and Inventive Political Technologies. Theory, Culture and Society 30: 243-263.
2015 Afterword: Come on Out, You're Surrounded: the betweens of infrastructure. City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 19: 375-383.
2015 What You See Isn't Always What You Know: Struggles against recontainment and the capacities to remake urban life in Jakarta's urban majority world. Southeast Asia Research 23: 227-244.
2015 The Urban Poor and their Ambivalent Exceptionalities. Current Anthropology 56 Supplement 11: S15-S23.
2015 “The Proof of Details.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5: 251–256.
2016 “It’s Just the City after All.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40: 210-218.
2016 Urbanity and Generic Blackness. Theory, Culture and Society 33: 183-203
2016 City of Potentialities: An Introduction. Theory, Culture and Society 33: 5-29. (Special Section: City of Potentialities: Race, Violence and Invention, edited by AbdouMaliq Simone)
2016 Tactical Institutions. Brooklyn Rail http://www.brooklynrail.org/2016/05/criticspage/tactical-institutions
2016 The Uninhabitable? In Between Collapsed but Still Rigid Distinctions. Cultural Politics 12: 135-154.
2016 Passing Things Along: (In)completing Infrastructure. New Diversities http://newdiversities.mmg.mpg.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2015_17-02_10_Simone-2.pd2
2017 The Urban Majority and Provisional Recompositions in Yangon. The 2016 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture. Antipode doi: 10.1111/anti.12344.