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Title:The Process of Urbanization in Africa (From the Origins to the Beginning of Independence)
Author:Coquery-Vidrovitch, CatherineISNI
Year:1991
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:34
Issue:1
Period:April
Pages:1-98
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:urbanization
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External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/524256
Abstract:This review of the literature on the process of urbanization in Africa starts with an overview of definitions and theoretical proposals on the nature of urbanization. The second part of the paper, on periodization, is guided by the nature of the available works, most of which refer to a specific period. It deals with precapitalist cities, old Bantu cities, Swahili cities, Muslim cities in the Western Sudan, cities during the Portuguese era, African cities and the transition to capitalism, and colonial urbanization. The third section examines forms of urban change from the end of the 19th century, paying attention to urban social adaptation, urban migrations, urban politics, labour and women's studies, poverty, the household and the informal sector, urbanism and the built environment, and city planning in South Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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