A politics of Waiting in Southern (African) Cities

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Sophie Oldfield
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/81
Language English Pages 4 P. 38-41 File size 691 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2017-081008
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The majority in global southern cities wait: for development, for housing, for work, for an alternative to violence, for a better future. Central to contemporary city life, waiting, and practices of making do ‘in the meanwhile’, are legitimised in emotional attachments to the state and its projects as well as legal and policy frameworks. The paper engages a global southern literature on the condition of waiting in relation to the practice and politics of waiting for housing in South African urban contexts. It reflects on the micro politics of waiting, practices of quiet encroachment, exploring how and where citizens wait and make do, and their encounters with the state in these processes

Keywords: Waiting; housing; cities

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Sophie Oldfield, A politics of Waiting in Southern (African) Cities in "TERRITORIO" 81/2017, pp 38-41, DOI: 10.3280/TR2017-081008