Reconsidering Informality: Perspectives from Urban Africa / Edition 1

Reconsidering Informality: Perspectives from Urban Africa / Edition 1

by Karen Tranber Hansen
     
 

ISBN-10: 9171065180

ISBN-13: 9789171065186

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Nordic Africa Institute, The

This book brings together two bodies of research on urban Africa that have tended to be separate, studies of urban land use and housing and studies of work and livelihoods. Africa's future will be increasingly urban, and the inherited legal, institutional and financial arrangements for managing urban development are inadequate. Access to employment, shelter and

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This book brings together two bodies of research on urban Africa that have tended to be separate, studies of urban land use and housing and studies of work and livelihoods. Africa's future will be increasingly urban, and the inherited legal, institutional and financial arrangements for managing urban development are inadequate. Access to employment, shelter and services is precarious for most urban residents. The result is the phenomenal growth of the informal city. Extra-legal housing and unregistered economic activities proliferate and basic urban services are increasingly provided informally. Recent decades of neo-liberal political and economic reforms have increased social inequality across urban space.

After an introductory chapter by the editors, the contributions are grouped into the following sections:
- LOCALITY, PLACE, AND SPACE
- ECONOMY, WORK, AND LIVELIHOODS
- LAND, HOUSING, AND PLANNING

The case studies are drawn from a diverse set of cities on the African continent. A central theme is how practices that from an official standpoint are illegal or extra-legal do not only work but are considered legitimate by the actors concerned. Another is how the informal city is not exclusively the domain of the poor, but also provides shelter and livelihoods for better-off segments of the urban population.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789171065186
Publisher:
Nordic Africa Institute, The
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction7
Ch. 2Sharing public space in Pointe-Noire, Congo-Brazzaville : immigrant fishermen and a multinational oil company28
Ch. 3The right to stay in Cato Crest : formality and informality in a South African development project45
Ch. 4Who rules the streets? : the politics of vending space in Lusaka62
Ch. 5Trade and the politics of informalization in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau84
Ch. 6Home based enterprises in a period of economic restructuring in Zambia99
Ch. 7Home industries and the formal city in Harare, Zimbabwe120
Ch. 8Land use planning and governance in Dar es Salaam : a case study from Tanzania143
Ch. 9Actors and interests : the development of an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya158
Ch. 10The law and access to land for housing in Maseru, Lesotho176
Ch. 11Upgrading an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa193
Ch. 12Beyond the formal/informal dichotomy : access to land in Maputo, Mozambique210

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