Globablizing City: Urban and Economic Transformation of Accra, Ghana

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Overview

As urbanization of the world's population grows at an ever-increasing pace, the need to understand the effects of globalization on cities is at the forefront of urban studies. Traditional scholarship largely employs a framework of analysis based on the globablizing experience of Western cities. In Globalizing City, Richard Grant draws on ten years of empirical research in Accra, Ghana's capital city, to show how this African metropolis is as deeply transformed by globalization as the cities of other world regions.

Grant reveals the ways in which international, transnational, and local forces are operating on the urban landscape of Accra, from elite gated communities to the poorest slums. Through interviews and extensive field work, he examines how foreign companies, returned expatriates, and native Ghanaians foster globalization on multiple levels. Globalizing City offers an excellent case study of the complex social and economic dynamics that have transformed Accra, providing an essential guide for studying globalizing cities in general.

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What People Are Saying

Garth Myers
An important contribution to urban geography . . . rich in research detail on a city that has a significant story to tell about globalization. (Garth Myers, author of Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815631729
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Grant
Richard Grant is associate professor of geography at the University of Miami. He is coeditor of The Global Crisis in Foreign Aid, also published by Syracuse University Press.
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1 Introduction: Globalizing City 1

2 Globalizing from Above: Foreign Companies and Corporate Spaces 18

3 Globalizing Residential Spaces: The Spread of Gated Communities 42

4 Globalizing from Above and in Between: The Residential Building Boom 66

5 In-Between Globalizing Returnees) Networks and Spaces 90

6 Globalizing from Below Slum Dwellers in a Globalizing City 111

7 Conclusions 136

Appendix 157

Works Cited 163

Index 177

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