Cities in Contemporary Africa

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Martin J. Murray, Garth A. Myers
Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 9, 2007 - Business & Economics - 318 pages
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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.  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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Martin J. Murray is Professor of Sociology, SUNY Binghamton. He has previously held positions at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University; The University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg); the University of Cape Town; and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of numerous books, including Taming the Disorderly City: Envisioning the Spatial Landscape of Johannesburg after Apartheid (forthcoming, 2007); Revolution Deferred: The Painful Birth of Post-Apartheid South Africa (1995); South Africa: Time of Agony, Time of Destiny (1986); South African Capitalism and Black Political Opposition (1980); and The Development of Capitalism in Colonial Indochina (1980). 
 
Garth A. Myers
is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Geography and African/African American Studies, and Director of the Kansas African Studies Center at the University of Kansas. He has previously held positions at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Miami University. He is the author of Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa (2003) and Disposable Cities: Garbage, Governance, and Sustainable Development in Urban Africa (2005), in addition to many research articles and books chapters.

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