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Title: Of squatting amid capitalism on Yangon's industrial periphery
Authors: Campbell, Stephen
Keywords: Social sciences::Sociology
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Campbell, S. (2019). Of squatting amid capitalism on Yangon's industrial periphery. Anthropology Today, 35(6), 7-10. doi:10.1111/1467-8322.12539
Journal: Anthropology Today
Abstract: Across major cities throughout the world, inflated real‐estate markets continue to exacerbate crises of affordable housing. Amid such conditions, squatting has emerged as a means to claim urban residence while bypassing the rule of property, resulting in densely populated informal settlements stretched along urban peripheries, most notably in the Global South. But in what respect might squatting be said to have anti‐capitalist content? But does the challenge squatting poses to private property mean the practice is unambiguously anti‐capitalist? The case presented here illustrates how squatting – initially a challenge to the rule of private property – becomes imbricated with wider relations of extraction and rule and with the broader capitalist context more generally.
ISSN: 0268-540X
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8322.12539
Rights: © 2019 The Authors. Anthropology Today published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Anthropological Institute. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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