AbdouMaliq Simone


Select Publications                                                               




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.  info

2018 Improvised Lives: Rhythms of Endurance in an Urban South. Cambridge UK; New York: Polity.  http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/gallery/video/abdoumaliq-simone-ensembles-of-the-uninhabitable

2022 The Surrounds: Urban Life Within and Beyond Capture. Durham, NC:  Duke University Press.

Book Chapters

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.

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.

2018 “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.

2018 “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.

2018 “Inoperable Relations and Urban Change.” In Russell West-Pavlov (ed.) The Global South and Literature. Cambridge University Press.

2018 “The Politics of Increments in Collective Urban Action.” In Rita Padawangi (ed.) Routledge of Handbook of Urbanisation in Southeast Asia. London; New York: Routledge.

2019 “Relational Economy.” In Anthony Orum (ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia on Urban and Regional Studies. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

2019 "On Hold." In Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode (eds.) Shaping Cities in an Urban Age. London: Phaidon.

2020 “Navigating the Extensivness of Jakarta.” In Danielle Labbé and André Sorenson (eds.) Handbook of Megacities and Megacity Regions. Cheltenham; Northampton MA: Edward Elgar.

2021 "Neighbors as Neighborhood." In Sadan Jha,  Devan Nath Parthak, and Amiya Kumar Das (eds.) Neighbourhoods in Urban India:  In Between Home and the City. London: Bloomsbury.

2021 “Massive Urbanization and the Circulation of Eventualities”. In Vikramaditya Prakash, Maristella Casciato, and Daniel E. Coslett (eds.). Rethinking Global Modernism: Architectural Historiography and the Postcolonial. Routledge.


2021 “Urban Eventualities, Postcolonial Futures." In Monika Buscher, Carlos Lopez-Galviz,  Astrid Nordin, and Emily Spiers (eds.) Social Futures Handbook. London; New York: Routledge.

2022 "On Deformation." In Ash Amin and Michele Lancione (eds.) Grammars of the Urban Ground. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

2022  “Figuring Accompaniment: The creation of urban spaciousness. In Celia Lury, William Viney, and Scott Wark (eds.) Figure: Concept, Method, and Composition.  London: Palgrave.

2022 "Rewilding the City: Urban Life and Resistance Across and Beyond Visibiity. In A. M. Brighenti (ed.), The New Politics of Visibility: Spaces, Actors, Practices and Technologies in the Visible. Bristol, UK: Intellect, pp. 108-134., with Morten Neilsen.

2022 “Diversity Machines: urban popular economies and territories of operation”. In Steve Vertovic (ed.) Oxford Handbook on Superdiversity.


2022 “(Un)Situated Improvisation”. In Jayne Engle, Julian Agyeman and Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook (eds). Sacred Civics: Valuing What Matters in Society’s Great Reset. Routledge.

2023 “Economies of Availability: substrates of urbanization processes in Africa”. In Deborah Pellow and Suzanne Scheld (eds.) Africa and Urban Anthropology: Theoretical and Methodological Contributions from Contemporary Fieldwork. Routledge.


2023  “Out of Proportion: The potential of generic in urban built environments”.  Håvard Haarstad, Kristin Kjærås, Jakob Grandin, Eleanor Johnson (eds) Sustainability on speed: reflections on rapid and radical change in cities. UCL Press.



 Journal Articles

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

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.

2018 The Urban Majority and Provisional Recompositions in Yangon. The 2016 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture. Antipode 50: 23-40.

2018 Designing Space for the Majority: Urban Displacements of the Human. Cubic Journal 1; 124-135.

2019 Maximum Exposure: Making Sense in the Background of Extensive Urbanization. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 37: 990-1006

2019 Muslim Hoedowns, Tentative Language, and the Uncertain Lives of an Urban Majority. (The 2018 IJURR AAG Lecture) International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 43: 1193-1208.

2020 (Non)Urban Humans: Questions for a Research Agenda (The work the urban could do). International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 44: 755-767.

2020 To Extend: Temporariness in a World of Itineraries. Urban Studies 57: 1127-1142.

2020 Cities of the Global South. Annual Review of Sociology 42: 603-622.

2020 The Complicity and Interdependency of Temporalities. Urban Geography 41: 1274-1276.

2020 "Urban Chiaroscuro: Plunging into the obscurity of the city. Afrique Contemporaine 269-270: 13-40, with Morten Nielsen.

2020 “Extending Sovereignty in the Light of Black Urbanity.” Boundary 2 (online)



2021 Standing by the Promise: Acts of Anticipation in Rio and Jakarta. Environment and 

Planning D: Society and Space 39:573-589, with Laura Kemmer.

2021 Special Issue, "Dwelling in Liminality", edited with Michele Lancione, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 39.

2022 "Majority Urban Politics and Lives Worth Living in a Time of Climate Emergencies." Social Text 40: 21-38, with Solomon Benjamin

2022 "Counting the Uncountable: Revisiting Urban Majorities." Public Culture 33: 151-160, with Vyjayanthi Rao

2022 "Radical Unknowability: An Essay on Solidarities and Multiform Urban Life." City:  Analysis of Urban Change, Theory,  Action

26: 771-790, with Vanesa Castan Broto.

2022 "Urban Popular Economies:  Territories of Operation for Lives Deemed Worth Living.Public Cuture https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-9937241, collective article of the Urban Popular Economy Collective.