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Case studies of metropolitan cities in nine African countries - from Egypt in the north to three in West and Central Africa, two in East Africa and three in Southern Africa - make up the empirical foundation of this publication. The interrelated themes addressed in these chapters - the national influence on urban development, the popular dynamics that shape urban development and the global currents on urban development - make up its framework. All authors and editors are African, as is the publisher. The only exception is Göran Therborn whose recent book, Cities of Power, served as motivation for this volume. Accordingly, the issue common to all case studies is the often conflictual powers that are exercised by national, global and popular forces in the development of these African cities. Rather than locating the case studies in an exclusively African historical context, the focus is on the trajectories of the postcolonial city (with the important exception of Addis Ababa with a non-colonial history that has granted it a special place in African consciousness). These trajectories enable comparisons with those of postcolonial cities on other continents. This, in turn, highlights the fact that Africa - today, the least urbanised continent on an increasingly urbanised globe - is in the thick of processes of large-scale urban transformation, illustrated in diverse ways by the case studies that make up the foundation of this publication.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Preface
  2. Göran Therborn
  3. pp. v-vi
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. Simon Bekker, Sylvia Croese, Edgar Pieterse
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I. The national in urban Africa
  1. 2. National projects in a postcolonial capital city: The example of Yaoundé
  2. Jean-Pierre Togolo
  3. pp. 11-24
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  1. 3. Lip service: How voices from informal settlements were sidelined during the first decade of local democracy in South Africa
  2. Liela Groenewald
  3. pp. 25-40
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  1. 4. Centralised urban governance in the Greater Cairo City Region: A critical understanding of key challenges and responses
  2. Amr Abdelaal, Hajer Awatta, Omar Nagati, Salwa Salman, Marwa Shykhon
  3. pp. 41-58
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  1. 5. Traditional chiefs and traditional authority in Kinshasa
  2. Philippe Ibaka Sangu
  3. pp. 59-68
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  1. Part II. The popular in urban Africa
  1. 6. Local government as the stage for resistance: Strategies and tactics of opposing mega projects in the city of Johannesburg
  2. Margot Rubin
  3. pp. 69-84
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  1. 7. Popular protests and the limits of civil society in the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe, 2013 to 2016
  2. Ngonidzashe Marongwe
  3. pp. 85-98
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  1. 8. ‘We will be back to the street!’: Protest and the ‘empires’ of water in Nairobi
  2. Wangui Kimari
  3. pp. 99-110
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  1. Part III. The global in urban Africa
  1. 9. Africa’s new Dubai? Intersections between the global and the local in the redevelopment of the Bay of Luanda
  2. Sylvia Croese
  3. pp. 111-126
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  1. 10. Urban governance and smart future cities in Nigeria: Lagos flagship projects as springboard?
  2. Muyiwa Elijah Agunbiade, Oluwafemi Olajide, Hakeem Bishi
  3. pp. 127-148
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  1. 11. The governance of Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit
  2. Meseret Kassahun
  3. pp. 149-172
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  1. 12. Conclusion: African cities in the world of today and tomorrow
  2. Göran Therborn, Alan Mabin
  3. pp. 173-180
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  1. List of contributors
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781928502166
Related ISBN
9781928502159
MARC Record
OCLC
1240743472
Pages
194
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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