With toxic air emerging as one of the biggest risks facing urban residents globally, alongside the possibilities of designing “domes” of purified atmospheres, air has lately emerged as a productive object of critical urban inquiry. This essay delves into the manner in which air is being thought and written about, the various attempts to govern it, the production of identities and solidarities around it, and what it means to live with toxic air across urban regions. It argues that the debate on urban air contributes strongly to current thinking around questions of citizenship, science, and justice.

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