African Cities

Competing Claims on Urban Spaces

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Contemporary Africa is undergoing a period of unprecedented urban expansion, which is throwing up new challenges in the provision of essential services and contentious questions about ownership of urban spaces. This volume explores the interconnections between these processes, whilst avoiding the tendency to forget that cities are also embedded in deeper historical processes that are integral to the framing of entitlements. Histories of migrancy and the creation of urban 'stranger' communities are fundamental in deciding who lives where and what this means, materially and socially. The gated communities that are springing up are often layered across older forms of urban segregation and/or segmentation. Urban water and food supply, the management of urban land claims, inequality and popular culture are closely examined.
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Biographical Note

Francesca Locatelli, Ph.D. (2005), SOAS, is Lecturer in African History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests concern urbanism, crime, migration and border spaces. She is currently working on a monograph on the social history of Asmara (Eritrea) from 1890 to 1952.
Paul Nugent, Ph.D. (1991), SOAS, is Professor of Comparative African History and Director of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published three monographs, including Africa Since Independence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and has a particular interest in border spaces. Paul is the current President of AEGIS.

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Review in: African Studies Review Vol. 53 No. 1.

‘This book offers further evidence of the increasing interconnectivity and vibrancy of African studies across Western Europe. It emerged from papers presented to a themed conference in Scotland in 2006 of the Africa–Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS), the third book in the past five years to be published in AEGIS’s book series with Brill. ….. Moreover, this book’s intellectual rigor and regional breadth—both in its stretch across sub-Saharan Africa and its blending of emergent British, French, Belgian, Portuguese, and Italian traditions of African studies— make it a welcome addition to the expanding bookcase of African urban studies’.

Table of contents

CONTENTS
Figures, Tables and Maps ................................................................. vii
Introduction ........................................................................................ 1
Francesca Locatelli and Paul Nugent
Hinges and Fringes: Conceptualising the Peri-urban in Central Africa ..........
Theodore Trefon
Angolan Cities: Urban (Re)segregation? ........................................ 37
Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues
Who Control the Streets? Crime, ‘Communities’ and the State in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg ........... 55
Claire Bénit-Gbaff ou
African Cities: Competing Claims on Urban Land ..................... 81
Paul Jenkins
Contesting for Space in an Urban Centre: The Omo Onile Syndrome in Lagos ......... 109
Rufus T. Akinyele
‘Water Wars’ in Kumasi, Ghana ...................................................... 135
Tom C. McCaskie
Coping with Water Scarcity: The Social and Environmental Impact of the 1982–1992 Droughts on Makokoba Township, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe .................................................................... 157
Muchaparara Musemwa
Dealing with ‘Strangers’: Allocating Urban Space to Migrants in Nigeria and French West Africa, End of
the Nineteenth Century to 1960 ................................................ 187
Laurent Fourchard
Beyond the Campo Cintato: Prostitutes, Migrants and ‘Criminals’ in Colonial Asmara (Eritrea), 1890–1941 ..... 219
Francesca Locatelli
The Urban Melting Pot in East Africa: Ethnicity and Urban Growth in Kampala and Dar es Salaam ......... 241
Deborah Fahy Bryceson
Popular Music, Identity and Politics in a Colonial Urban Space: The Case of Mwanza, Tanzania (1945–1961).. 261
Maria Suriano
List of Contributors ........................................................................... 291
Index .................................................................................................... 299

Readership

All those interested in the history of African cities, urban resource management and issues of identity and citizenship in contemporary Africa.

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