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Cities in Contemporary Africa

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ISBN-10: 0230116647

ISBN-13: 9780230116641

Edition: 2011

Authors: Martin J. Murray, Garth A. Myers

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This book offers a broad range of scholarly interpretations of the evolving forms, the changing dynamics, and the unexpected surprises that characterize contemporary African cities. It wrestles with important questions concerning how large numbers of people without regular work nevertheless find ways to survive and even prosper. It balances investigations of particular cities in sub-Saharan Africa with considerations of a diversity of topics, themes and multi-city comparisons, including themes in: culture, imagination, place and space; political economy and work livelihoods; and urban planning and governance.#xA0; The collection is both theoretically informed and empirically grounded. Aimed at mid-level undergraduate students, these essays, taken as a whole, provide an understanding of what is happening in African cities today, and why.
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Book details

List price: $37.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction: Situating Contemporary Cities in Africa
Culture, Imagination, Place, and Space
Douala/Johannesburg/New York: Cityscapes Imagined
Internal Migration and the Escalation of Ethnic and Religious Violence in Urban Nigeria
Re(figuring) the City: The Mapping of Places and People in Contemporary Kenyan Popular Song Texts
Photographic Essay: Johannesburg Fortified
Douala: Inventing Life in an African Necropolis
Political Economy, Work, and Livelihoods
Economic Globalization from Below: Transnational Refugee Trade Networks in Nairobi
Changing African Cityscapes: Regional Claims of African Labor at South African-owned Shopping Malls
Cars Are Killing Luanda: Cronyism, Consumerism, and Other Assaults on Angola's Post-War Captial City
Photographic Essay II: Luanda, Angola
Human Capital, Embedded Resources and Employment for Youth in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Gender Relations, Bread Winning and Family Life in Kinshasa
Urban Planning, Administration and Governance
South African Urbanism: Between the Modern and the Refugee Camp
Planning, Anti-Planning and the Infrastructure Crisis Facing Metropolitan Lagos
City Life in Zimbabwe at a Time of Fear and Loathing: Urban Planning, Urban Poverty, and Operation Murambatsvina
Social Control and Social Welfare under Neoliberalism in South African Cities: Contradictions in Free Basic Water Services