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Agency and the Making of Transient Urban Spaces: Examples of Migrants in the City in the Pearl River Delta, China, and Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bork-Hüffer , Tabea; Etzold , Benjamin; Gransow , Bettina; Tomba, Luigi; Sterly , Harald; Suda , Kimiko; Kraas , Frauke; Flock , Ryanne

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Internal migration within Asian countries and international migration to, within, and out of Asia have been on the rise throughout the past decades. As types and pathways of migration, migrants’ sociocultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and their transnational and translocal trajectories become increasingly diverse, a majority of them move to cities. Diverging power geometries and relations are constantly negotiated and (re)produced in the sociospatial dialectic of the city. Through their...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBork-Hüffer , Tabea
dc.contributor.authorEtzold , Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorGransow , Bettina
dc.contributor.authorTomba, Luigi
dc.contributor.authorSterly , Harald
dc.contributor.authorSuda , Kimiko
dc.contributor.authorKraas , Frauke
dc.contributor.authorFlock , Ryanne
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:39:11Z
dc.date.available2015-12-07T22:39:11Z
dc.identifier.issn1544-8444
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/23750
dc.description.abstractInternal migration within Asian countries and international migration to, within, and out of Asia have been on the rise throughout the past decades. As types and pathways of migration, migrants’ sociocultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and their transnational and translocal trajectories become increasingly diverse, a majority of them move to cities. Diverging power geometries and relations are constantly negotiated and (re)produced in the sociospatial dialectic of the city. Through their individual and collective agency, assets, and knowledge, mobile subjects have become important agents in the (re)production of spaces in cities, whereas the socio-political and physical conditions of spaces frame their livelihoods, opportunities, and agency. Research on migrants’ agency has intensified recently, but the specific modes through which agency operates in the socio-spatial dialectic still need to be conceptualised. We develop a framework that outlines different modes through which agents and space interact. The framework is exemplified through papers on case studies from Dhaka and the Pearl River Delta (PRD) that are part of this special issue. Dhaka and the PRD have been characterised by accelerated growth throughout the past decades, particularly due to the influx of rural-to-urban migrants, but they also receive an increasing number of international migrants. We conclude that through their diverse, multi-sited, and translocal relations and activities stretching beyond the receiving cities in a context of constant transformation, migrants’ practices contribute to the emergence of a specific type of urban spaces that we delineate as transient urban spaces. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Accepted 04 September 2014
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
dc.sourcePopulation Space and Place
dc.titleAgency and the Making of Transient Urban Spaces: Examples of Migrants in the City in the Pearl River Delta, China, and Dhaka, Bangladesh
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolumeonline early version
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor169903 - Studies of Asian Society
local.identifier.absfor160305 - Population Trends and Policies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5039247xPUB28
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBork-Hüffer , Tabea, Asia Research Institute
local.contributor.affiliationEtzold , Benjamin , Department of Geography
local.contributor.affiliationGransow , Bettina , Institute of Chinese Studies
local.contributor.affiliationTomba, Luigi, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSterly , Harald , University of Cologne
local.contributor.affiliationSuda , Kimiko , Institute of Chinese Studies
local.contributor.affiliationKraas , Frauke , University of Cologne
local.contributor.affiliationFlock , Ryanne , Institute of Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage18
local.identifier.doi10.1002/psp.1890
dc.date.updated2020-12-27T07:36:25Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84959334646
local.identifier.thomsonID000371831300002
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