Why enumeration counts

Arjun Appadurai

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Enumerations of informal settlements undertaken by their own community organizations have become increasingly common. These help urban poor communities to mobilize knowledge about themselves - knowledge that is valuable for their own discussions, that helps develop better relations with local governments. This commentary discusses why it is important for communities to have the right to undertake their own research, and how this can become an irreversible force for stronger negotiations with those who see them as a burden, a blight or a vote bank.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-641
Number of pages3
JournalEnvironment and Urbanization
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • deep democracy
  • empowerment
  • enumeration
  • informal settlements
  • participation
  • surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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