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Volume 52 – The End of Informality

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“In global capitalist market economy, informality is not an errant, a flaw in the system that’ll soon be taken care of; it is part of the system’s ‘design’.”
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Volume 52 – The End of Informality

Volume 52 – The End of Informality: In this issue of Volume we look at the relation between formal and informal and how this may be changing due to the introduction of new technologies and the way these are used. Informality can be interpreted as a positive quality hinting at individual freedom or even be romanticized as bottom up and empowering force. But informality as safety valve for a system that is not able to adjust to changing conditions smoothly and quickly enough is another matter. The mass migration of people to cities cannot be met by regular housing schemes, so people have to provide their own. The sea of unemployed provides a labor reserve that comes in handy when the economy is growing and that can easily be ditched once the economy slows down again. In global capitalist market economy, informality is not an errant, a flaw in the system that’ll soon be taken care of; it is part of the system’s ‘design’.

With contributions by: René Boer, Diego Ramírez-Lovering, Timothy Moore, Stefan Heidenreich, Jacqueline Hassink, Merve Bedir, Max Hampshire, Ton Matton, Larissa Meyer, Antoine Turillon, Mohammad Salemy, DPR Barcelona, Guus Beumer, Anil Bawa-Cavia, Keller Easterling, Jacqueline Tellinga.

Part of Volume 52 is the Are you working on your fringe? publication that we produced with the “sub>urban. Reinventing the fringe’ network and is initiated by Maarten van Tuijl and Isabelle Verhaert.

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Volume 52: The End of Informality

Editor in Chief: Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom Office (I. Boom, J. van der Kleijn)
64 Pages, 33 x 24 cm
Soft cover, stapled

Are you working on your Fringe?

Initiated by Maarten van Tuijl and Isabelle Verhaert
Designed by Ellen van Huffel, Inge Gobert
40 pages, 26,5 x 20 cm
Soft cover, stapled

ISSN 1574-9401
ISBN 9789099766622

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