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Urban Popular Economies: Territories of Operation for Lives Deemed Worth Living


The Urban Popular Economy Collective, Solomon Benjamin, Alioscia Castronovo, Luci Cavallero, Cristina Cielo, Véronica Gago, Prince Guma, Rupali Gupte, Victoria Habermehl, Lana Salman, Prasad Shetty, AbdouMaliq Simone, Constance Smith, João Tonucci; Urban Popular Economies: Territories of Operation for Lives Deemed Worth Living. Public Culture 1 September 2022; 34 (3 (98)): 333–357. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-9937241



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?


Volume 34, Number 3 (98) September 1, 2022



Public Culture (2022) 34 (3 (98)): 333–357. https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-9937241

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