Description - Urban Africa by AbdouMaliq Simone
Many African urban dwellers have to find ways of making a living within cities dominated by powerful economic and political interests. This book explores how they negotiate the spatial practices, politico-economic processes and social relations that entangle place, identity and power in urban sites. While historically familiar links between countryside and city remain, these are constantly being reworked to give life to highly diverse urban formations. Meanwhile, African cities are being further fashioned through the geographically uneven dynamics of globalization. Institutional structures change rapidly, informal agreements flourish, and innovative ways of managing relationships are found. Urban change is not a process that easily managed or steered. What stability exists is itself the product of an enforced adaptation to instability.
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Author Biography - AbdouMaliq Simone
AbdouMaliq Simone holds joint academic appointments at New School University and the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Witwatersrand. Professor Abouhani Abdelghani teaches at the Institut National d'Amenagement et d'urbanism in Rabat, Morocco. He has published extensively in French. The book is co-published with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)