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The Patchwork City: Class, Space, and Politics in Metro Manila

Marco Z. Garrido


The title of the book, The Patchwork City, refers to the fragmentation of Manila into a “patchwork” of classed spaces, particularly slums and upper- and middle-class enclaves. The book is not just about urban fragmentation, however, but about its effects on class relations and politics. It argues that the proliferation of slums and enclaves and their subsequent proximity have intensified class relations. Class boundaries clarify along the housing divide and the urban poor and middle class emerge as class actors—not as labor and capital but as squatters and “villagers” (in Manila residential su ... More

Keywords: social class, segregation, urban fragmentation, populism, Global South, slums, urban poor, middle class, Manila, Joseph Estrada

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226643007
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226643281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Z. Garrido, author
University of Chicago

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