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Urban Popular Economies

Benjamin, Solomon; Castronovo, Alioscia; Cavallero, Luci; Cielo, Cristina; Gago, Véronica; Guma, Prince; Gupte, Rupali; Habermehl, Victoria; Salman, Lana; Shetty, Prasad; Simone, AbdouMaliq; Smith, Constance; Tonucci, João

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Solomon Benjamin

Alioscia Castronovo

Luci Cavallero

Cristina Cielo

Véronica Gago

Prince Guma

Rupali Gupte

Lana Salman

Prasad Shetty

AbdouMaliq Simone

Constance Smith

João Tonucci


What is a life worth living and how is it concretely actualized by an urban majority making often unanticipated, unformatted uses of the urban to engender livelihoods in a dynamic and open-ended process? This is the key question undertaken in this collectively written piece. This means thinking about work, paid and unpaid, in ways that highlight the everyday practices of urban inhabitants as they put together territories in which to operate, which sustain their imaginations of well-being as part of a process of being with others—in households, neighborhoods, communities, and institutions. What is it that different kinds of workers have in common; what links them; where does the household begin and end; what is the difference between productive and reproductive work?


Benjamin, S., Castronovo, A., Cavallero, L., Cielo, C., Gago, V., Guma, P., …Tonucci, J. (2022). Urban Popular Economies. Public Culture, 34(3 (98)), 333-357.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2022
Publication Date 2022-09
Deposit Date Jan 12, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 12, 2023
Journal Public Culture
Print ISSN 0899-2363
Electronic ISSN 1527-8018
Publisher Duke University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 3 (98)
Pages 333-357


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