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African Cities: Material Life and Post-Coloniality
Titolo Rivista: TERRITORIO 
Autori/Curatori: Bill Freund 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2017 Fascicolo: 81  Lingua: Inglese 
Numero pagine:  5 P. 23-27 Dimensione file:  839 KB
DOI:  10.3280/TR2017-081004
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African cities have become a major topic of social science research, a dramatic reversal in a generation of the situation where African studies had long been dominated by rurally based intellectual constructs. Clearly the urban maelstrom is the place where new identities are forged today. The creative cultural vitality in these cities as well as the apparent absence of material infrastructure characteristic of classic urbanism poses a challenge to analysis. Structural adjustment policies have done little to develop Africa but they have created conditions in which these mineral or other extractive activities can be performed and intensified once again by multi-national companies (not necessarily Western and no longer in a colonial integument) in a profitable manner in many countries in the continent. The city is where powerful influences from outside are refracted, reflected and recreated in local garb

Le città africane sono diventate un tema cruciale di ricerca per le scienze sociali, con una decisa inversione di tendenza laddove gli studi africani sono stati a lungo dominati da interpretazioni basate sul mondo rurale. La scena urbana è il luogo in cui si producono oggi le nuove identità. La vitalità creativa e culturale in queste città, così come l’apparente assenza di infrastrutture materiali proprie dell’urbanistica classica, è una sfida all’analisi. Le politiche di adeguamento strutturale non hanno fatto molto per sviluppare l’Africa ma hanno creato le condizioni per cui le attività estrattive possano essere intensificate in modo redditizio ancora una volta da parte delle multinazionali (non necessariamente occidentali e non più di matrice coloniale) in molti paesi del continente. La città è il luogo in cui le potenti influenze esterne si rifrangono, si riflettono a si rigenerano negli ambiti locali
Keywords: Città; identità urbana; governance

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Bill Freund, Le città africane: vita materiale e post-colonialismo in "TERRITORIO" 81/2017, pp. 23-27, DOI:10.3280/TR2017-081004


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