Urbanization, Urbanism, and Urbanity in an African City: Home Spaces and House Cultures

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Sub-Saharan Africa is often considered to be the last global macro-region in the world to go through a rapid urbanization process, leading to the majority of the population living in cities and towns. Despite common misunderstandings to the contrary, the urbanization process in this region has historic roots, and although this has accelerated in the post-colonial era, it continues to display distinctive spaces and forms due to particular political, economic, social, and cultural contexts. This book explores the ...

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Urbanization, Urbanism, and Urbanity in an African City: Home Spaces and House Cultures

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Overview

Sub-Saharan Africa is often considered to be the last global macro-region in the world to go through a rapid urbanization process, leading to the majority of the population living in cities and towns. Despite common misunderstandings to the contrary, the urbanization process in this region has historic roots, and although this has accelerated in the post-colonial era, it continues to display distinctive spaces and forms due to particular political, economic, social, and cultural contexts. This book explores the features of recent urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa through a remarkably detailed and wide-ranging case study of Mozambique's capital city Maputo, including longitudinal physical and socio-economic factors as well as an ethnographic inquiry into cultural attitudes. The findings of this study reflect not only the weakness of state capacity in the region in urban intervention, but also the continued basis for urban development activity by residents, in social and economic terms as well as the importance of culturally constructed identities and social relations. Maputo and cities like it are very much a collective "urban" in the making - and the final form that they take remains to be seen in terms of urbanism and urbanity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137380166
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/18/2013
  • Series: Africa Connects Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Jenkins is an architect, planner, and social researcher who has worked during most of the past 40 years on a wide range of aspects in the built environment: architecture, construction, housing, planning and urban studies. Until recently he was Professor of Architecture Research at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The University of Edinburgh, UK, and concurrently Professor of Architecture and Human Settlements in the School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, UK, as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is now Head of the School of Architecture & Planning at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and continues as Visiting Professor at Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique.

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Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL
1. The Aims and Objectives of the Book
2. The Intellectual Approach of the Book
PART II: CONTEXTUAL MATERIAL
3. Contextualization at Macro-level
4. Contextualizing at Meso-level
5. Contextualizing at Micro –level
PART III: EMPIRICAL MATERIAL
6. Life Stories
7. Integrated Findings
8. Key Issues Arising
PART IV: CONCLUDING MATERIAL
9. Queries and Proposals

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