Urban Africa: Changing Contours of Survival in the City
Abdou Maliq Simone, Abdelghani Abouhani
Zed Books, Aug 20, 2005 - Social Science - 305 pages
This volume illuminates the complex and constantly shifting social dynamics of African city making and human survival today. It explores how African urban dwellers have had to find not only effective ways of pursuing their livelihoods and other aspirations within cities but also ways of managing their interactions with often more powerful economic and political interests that seek to impose particular uses of urban space. Amidst very different socio-cultural contexts in Dakar, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Kisangani, Jos, Zaria, Cairo and Marrakesh, the research in this volume focuses on the diverse ways Africans negotiate novel spatial practices, political-economic processes, and social relations that entangle place, identity and power in urban sites. While historically familiar patterns linking countryside and city remain, these are constantly being reworked as African agency gives life to highly diverse urban formations which are further fashioned through the geographically uneven dynamics of globalization that articulate with locally specific histories, cultural practices, and political contingencies. The result is an emphasis in Africa on city making through fluid and rapidly changing institutional structures, informal agreements, and finding innovative ways to interweave various sectors and actors. Urban change, as a consequence, is not a process easily managed.
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Introduction urban processes and change
Urban policies in Cairo from speeches on new cities to the adjustment practices of ordinary city dwellers
Feasts panoramas in town the spaces and times of the moulids of Cairo
Kisangani a city at its lowest ebb
The city centre a shifting concept in the history of Addis Ababa
At the limits of possibility working notes on a relational model of urban politics
Life in a highdensity urban area Anguwar Mai Gwado in Zaria
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2oo,ooo Houses 2ooo 4o per cent action activities Addis Ababa African cities Al-Ahram Anguwar Mai Gwado authorities Berom building Cairo Cape Town capital CEDEJ centre colonial construction council cultural associations Dakar dhikr discourse domains economic Egypt Egyptian environment ERAC-Tensift Ethiopia Ethiopian ethnic and cultural feast financing forms forums Gondar groups Hausa Hausa-Fulani high-density areas identity Igbo income informal inhabitants institutions Jassawa Kinshasa Kisangani land Lebou living Marrakesh Masakin Master Plan ment mobilization mosque moulids municipal naira neighbourhood Nigeria operations organizations Paris Pieterse Pikine population practices Programme real estate region religious residential areas residents respondents role sector Senegal settlements situation social networks society South Africa space spatial specific strategies structures symbolic Thiaroye-sur-mer tion toleka town trade traditional urban areas urban development urban model urban politics various women Yoruba Zaria Zaynab zone