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Title:Living the city in Africa: processes of invention and intervention
Editors:Obrist, BrigitISNI
Arlt, VeitISNI
Macamo, Elísio SalvadoISNI
Series:Schweizerische Afrikastudien
City of publisher:Zürich
Publisher:Lit Verlag
ISBN:3643801521; 9783643801524
Geographic term:Africa
urban life
urban development
urban planning
urban population
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This collective volume is based on a conference convened for the Africa-Europe Group of Interdisciplinary Studies AEGIS in Basel in October 2010. The papers are set in the frameworks of 'ordinary cities' and 'inventions and interventions'. The idea of 'ordinary cities' cuts across the long-standing categorization of cities as Western and other, a divide grounded in concepts of modernity and development. Instead of taking Western cities as the standard, it must be acknowledged that 'ways of being urban and ways of making new kinds of urban futures are diverse and are the product of the inventiveness of people in cities everywhere' (J. Robinson 2006). Both dispersed and often spontaneous inventions or inventivenesses and focused as well as directed interventions contribute to the constantly changing nature of urban places. The papers deal with cities in Africa in general, and more specifically in Angola, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Contents: Preface (Veit Arlt); Introduction to 'Living the city in Africa' (Brigit Obrist); Invention and intervention in African cities (Jo Beall); Urban planning in Africa and the politics of implementation: contrasting patterns of state intervention in Kampala and Kigali (Tom Goodfellow); Ordering urban space and migrants' protests in Sabongari, Kano, 1911-1960 (Rasheed Olaniyi); Youth gangs and urban political protests: a relational perspective on Conakry's 'Axis of Evil' (Joschka Philipps); Translocal urbanism: how Ouagadougou strategically uses decentralized cooperation (Ola Söderström, Blaise Dupuis, Pierrick Leu); From best practices to abolitionist approach: Durban's street trading policy in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup (Ercüment Celik); Urban memories and utopies: contemporary art in Luanda and Nairobi (Ulf Vierke, Nadine Siegert); On the move: elderly people living the city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Jana Gerold);HomeSpace: Maputo dwelling processes in the rapidly expanding peri-urban areas of an African city (Silje Erřy Sollien, Jřrgen Eskemose Andersen, Ana Bénard da Costa, Paul Jenkins); Sexuality in cosmopolitan Maputo: the aesthetics of gendered practice through the lenses of class (Sandra Manuel); Signifying competence: herbalists in Kinshasa's urban context (Valérie Liebs, Blaise Bikandu, Lassa Kanda, Félicien Lukoki, Nikolaus Schareika, Barbara Fruth); On urbanity: creativity and emancipation in African urban life (Till Förster); Performing (in)visibilities in public space: reflections on the social and aesthetic agenda of contemporary performance art in Johannesburg (Fiona Siegenthaler); Reading urbanity: trans-urban assemblages in the N'ko literacy and healing movement of West Africa (Joseph Hellweg, Sory Kourouma); Living effervescence: the social in African urban settings (Elísio Macamo). [ASC Leiden abstract]