African Cities: Material Life and Post-Coloniality

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Bill Freund
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/81
Language English Pages 5 P. 23-27 File size 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

Keywords: Cities; urban identity; urban governance

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Bill Freund, African Cities: Material Life and Post-Coloniality in "TERRITORIO" 81/2017, pp 23-27, DOI: 10.3280/TR2017-081004