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Title:Introduction to the special issue of NJAS: mediated African cities
Author:Teppo, Annika
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:urban population
social relations
urban sociology
Abstract:The examination of mediation in African cities is a way of contributing to the study of how people get along in cities, rather than concentrating on the formation of dichotomies, or boundaries. In this special issue, the authors deploy the concept of mediation to fathom the changing social relationships and social boundaries in African cities. In their case studies, the process of mediation is a political one. The authors therefore also take the political tensions and power relations that have contributed to the formation of these boundaries into account. The first two articles are anthropologically inclined, but seek new expressions and explore new epistemic avenues. The first article - a joint effort by Ulrika Trovalla, Eric Trovalla, and Victor Adetula - concentrates on how specific and different ways of movement define the processes of mediation in the 'landscape of fear and ownership' that is the city of Jos in Nigeria. Jesper Bjarnesen shows how the 'diaspo' youth culture of the immigrant youths from Côte d'Ivoire encounters the original 'burkinabè' youth culture in Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. Focusing on the mediation of power in Cape Town, Marianne Millstein's article perceives the exercise of power from the top down (from the authorities to the citizens) and from the bottum up (from activities and community groups) as an entangled, but essentially mediated, process. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]