City of Extremes: The Spatial Politics of Johannesburg

City of Extremes: The Spatial Politics of Johannesburg

by Martin J. Murray


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822347682
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 06/20/2011
Series: Politics, History, and Culture Series
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Martin J. Murray is Professor of Urban Planning at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Adjunct Professor at the Center for African and African-American Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of many books, including Taming the Disorderly City: The Spatial Landscape of Johannesburg after Apartheid and Revolution Deferred: The Painful Birth of Post-Apartheid South Africa.

Table of Contents

List of Maps vii

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxvii

Abbreviations xxxi

Introduction: Spatial Politics in the Precarious City 1

Part I Making Space: City Building and the Production of the Built Environment 23

Chapter 1 The Restless Urban Landscape: The Evolving Spatial Geography of Johannesburg 29

Chapter 2 The Flawed Promise of the High-Modernist City: City Building at the Apex of Apartheid Rule 59

Part II Unraveling Space: Centrifugal Urbanism and the Convulsive City 83

Chapter 3 Hollowing out the Center: Johannesburg Turned Inside Out 87

Chapter 4 Worlds Apart: The Johannesburg Inner City and the Making of the Outcast Ghetto 137

Chapter 5 The Splintering Metropolis: Laissez-faire Urbanism and Unfettered Suburban Sprawl 173

Part III Fortifying Space: Siege Architecture and Anxious Urbanism 205

Chapter 6 Defensive Urbanism after Apartheid: Spatial Partitioning and the New Fortification Aesthetic 213

Chapter 7 Entrepreneurial Urbanism and the Private City 245

Chapter 8 Reconciling Arcadia and Utopia: Gated Residential Estates at the Metropolitan Edge 283

Epilogue: Putting Johannesburg in Its Place: The Ordinary City 321

Appendix 333

Notes 337

Bibliography 423

Index 463

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