Urban Africa

Changing Contours of Survival in the City

AbdouMaliq Simone and Abdelghani Abouhani

Urban Africa

AbdouMaliq Simone and Abdelghani Abouhani

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320 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2005  
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842775936 Published May 2005 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Contents
1. Introduction: Urban Processes and Change - AbdouMaliq Simone

Part I: Making Urban Politics
2. Urban Policies in Cairo: From Speeches on New Cities to the Adjustment Practices of Ordinary City Dwellers - Bénédicte Florin
3. Feasts: Panoramas in Town: The Spaces and Times of the Moulids of Cairo - Anna Madoeuf
4. Kisangani: A city at its Lowest Ebb - Jean Omasombo
5. The City Centre: A Shifting Concept in the History of Addis Ababa - Bahru Zewde
6. At the Limits of Possibility: Working Notes on a Relational Model of Urban Politics - Edgar Pieterse

Part 2: Urban Practices
7. Life in a High Density Urban Area: Anguwar Mai Gwado in Zaria - Mohammed-Bello Yunusa
8. Ethnicity and the Dynamics of City Politics: The Case of Jos - Victor A. O. Adetula
9. Urban Development and Urban Informalities: Pikine, Senegal - Mohamadou Abdoul
10. Formal and Decentralized Financing of Housing: Operation 200,000 Houses, Marrakesh - Mohamed Gheris
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