For the City Yet to Come
Changing African Life in Four Cities
By (author) AbdouMaliq Simone
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For the City Yet to Come by AbdouMaliq Simone
Book DescriptionAmong government officials, urban planners, and development workers, Africa's burgeoning metropolises are frequently understood as failed cities, unable to provide even basic services. Whatever resourcefulness does exist is regarded as only temporary compensation for fundamental failure. In For the City Yet to Come, AbdouMaliq Simone argues that by overlooking all that does work in Africa's cities, this perspective forecloses opportunities to capitalize on existing informal economies and structures in development efforts within Africa and to apply lessons drawn from them to rapidly growing urban areas around the world. Simone contends that Africa's cities do work on some level and to the extent that they do, they function largely through fluid, makeshift collective actions running parallel to proliferating decentralized local authorities, small-scale enterprises, and community associations. Drawing on his nearly fifteen years of work in African cities-as an activist, teacher, development worker, researcher, and advisor to ngos and local governments-Simone provides a series of case studies illuminating the provisional networks through which most of Africa's urban dwellers procure basic goods and services. He examines informal economies and social networks in Pikine, a large suburb of Dakar, Senegal; in Winterveld, a neighborhood on the edge of Pretoria, South Africa; in Douala, Cameroon; and among Africans seeking work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He contextualizes these particular cases through an analysis of the broad social, economic, and historical conditions that created present-day urban Africa. For the City Yet to Come is a powerful argument that any serious attempt to reinvent African urban centers must acknowledge the particular history of these cities and incorporate the local knowledge reflected in already existing informal urban economic and social systems.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780822334453
(5983mm x 3971mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author AbdouMaliq Simone
Rogue Urbanism, Hardback (October 2012)
The unique ambition of Rogue Urbanism is to produce new and relevant theoretical work on African urbanism in a way that works within the border zone between inherited theoretical resources and artistic representations of everyday practices and phenomenology in African cities.
City Life from Jakarta to Dakar, Hardback (January 2010)
By showing how much of what is considered peripheral to urban life is actually critical to it, this book opens up ways for understanding what it is possible to do in cities.
Urban Africa, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by AbdouMaliq Simone
A study of the dynamics of human survival in African cities today.
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Author Biography - AbdouMaliq Simone
AbdouMaliq Simone is Assistant Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at New School University. He is the author of In Whose Image? Political Islam and Urban Practices in Sudan and, with David Hecht, Invisible Governance: The Art of African Micropolitics.
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