Reconsidering Informality: Perspectives from Urban Africa / Edition 1

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Overview

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: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 235
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Tranber Hansen has a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology, University of Washington (Seattle), 1979. She is Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University.

Mariken Vaa (b. 1937) obtained her Mag. Art. degree in sociology from the university of Oslo in 1967 and has been working in institutions of higher educaqtion and research since then, primarily in Urban and Regional Studies. From 1997- 2002 she was coordinator of the programme Cities, Governance and Civil Society in Africa at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and is currently professor of development studies at Oslo University College, Norway.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 7
Ch. 2 Sharing public space in Pointe-Noire, Congo-Brazzaville : immigrant fishermen and a multinational oil company 28
Ch. 3 The right to stay in Cato Crest : formality and informality in a South African development project 45
Ch. 4 Who rules the streets? : the politics of vending space in Lusaka 62
Ch. 5 Trade and the politics of informalization in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau 84
Ch. 6 Home based enterprises in a period of economic restructuring in Zambia 99
Ch. 7 Home industries and the formal city in Harare, Zimbabwe 120
Ch. 8 Land use planning and governance in Dar es Salaam : a case study from Tanzania 143
Ch. 9 Actors and interests : the development of an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya 158
Ch. 10 The law and access to land for housing in Maseru, Lesotho 176
Ch. 11 Upgrading an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa 193
Ch. 12 Beyond the formal/informal dichotomy : access to land in Maputo, Mozambique 210
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