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Title:Reaching larger worlds: negociating the complexities of social connectedness in Douala
Author:Simone, AbdouMaliqISNI
Periodical:Politique africaine
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:urban population
social relations
urban life
Abstract:Cities can be linked to one another even when there are few visible economic or political ties between them. This is indubitably the case in Central Africa. This article focuses on Douala (Cameroon). In an era of focus on best practices for urban management and development, quarters in Douala generate their own popular vatnage points and assessments. Putting bread on the table, creating the semblance of a meaningful life requires ways of generating knowledge about the city in which one operates. The article offers a series of observations from different quarters or neighbourhoods in Douala - New Bell, Grand Hangar, Bessengue Watchtower, Bépanda Omnisport - in order to say something about the city as a whole. Its intent is to begin thinking through ways in which different actors are situated within a multiplicity of relationships born of the city and how these actors, in their daily lives, reach a larger urban world. Notes, ref., sum. in English (p. 325) and French (p. 327). [ASC Leiden abstract]