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Title:Ethnic residential clusters in Nima, Ghana
Authors:Agyei-Mensah, SamuelISNI
Owusu, George
Year:2012
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Volume:23
Issue:1
Pages:133-149
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:settlement patterns
plural society
neighbourhoods
informal settlements
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-011-9127-8
Abstract:The global debate on ethnic residential segregation has focused more on the developed world, and little is known about similar patterns and processes in African cities. This is in spite of the fact that many African cities are now ranked among the world's most rapidly growing and least regulated urban areas. Indeed, the dynamics of ethnic residential segregation have scarcely been studied in African cities. The little literature available has looked at ethnic segregation between the neighbourhoods of major cities. This paper goes beyond current literature by examining the pattern and processes of ethnic clustering within a multi-ethnic community. Our goal in this paper is to answer the question as to whether within a multi-ethnic urban neighbourhood the major ethnic groups are residentially clustered, isolated or dispersed. The focus is on Nima, a major slum community of Accra, Ghana. The findings of the study show that even though Nima is a multi-ethnic community, some level of ethnic clustering can be discerned. These patterns are linked to the history of settlement formation, religious affiliation and ethnic or place of origin of earlier house owners. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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