African Cities: Competing Claims on Urban Spaces

Francesca Locatelli (Editor), Paul Nugent (Editor)

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Contemporary Africa is undergoing a period of unprecedented urban expansion, which is throwing up new challenges in the provision of essential services and contentious questions about ownership of urban spaces. This volume explores the interconnections between these processes, whilst avoiding the tendency to forget that cities are also embedded in deeper historical processes that are integral to the framing of entitlements. Histories of migrancy and the creation of urban 'stranger' communities are fundamental in deciding who lives where and what this means, materially and socially. The gated communities that are springing up are often layered across older forms of urban segregation and/or segmentation. Urban water and food supply, the management of urban land claims, inequality and popular culture are closely examined.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages306
ISBN (Electronic)9789047442486
ISBN (Print)9789004162648
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2009

Publication series

NameAfrica-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies
ISSN (Print)1574-6925


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  • Introduction

    Locatelli, F. & Nugent, P., 20 May 2009, African Cities: Competing Claims on Urban Spaces. Locatelli, F. & Nugent, P. (eds.). Brill Academic Publishers, p. 1-13 13 p. (Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies; vol. 3).

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