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Postcolonial African Cities : Imperial Legacies and Postcolonial Predicament - Dr. Fassil Demissie

Postcolonial African Cities

Imperial Legacies and Postcolonial Predicament

By: Dr. Fassil Demissie (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2008
ISBN: 9780415454483
Number Of Pages: 150

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The book focuses on contemporary African cities, caught in the contradiction of an imperial past and postcolonial present. The essays explore the cultural role of colonial architecture and urbanism in the production of meanings: in the inscription of power and discipline, as well as in the dynamic construction of identities. It is in these new dense urban spaces, with all their contradictions, that urban Africans are reworking their local identities, building families, and creating autonomous communities - made fragile by neo-liberal states in a globalizing world.

The book offers a range of scholarly interpretations of the new forms of urbanity. It engages with issues, themes and topics including colonial legacies, postcolonial intersections, cosmopolitan spaces, urban reconfigurations, and migration which are at the heart of the continuing debate about the trajectory of contemporary African cities. The collection discusses contemporary African cities as diverse as Dar Es Salaam, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Kinshasa - offering new insights into the current state of postcolonial African cities.

This was previously published as a special issue of African Identities.

Imperial Legacies and Post-Colonial Predicament: An Introduction
Metropolitanism, Capital and Patrimony: Theorizing the Postcolonial West African City
Casting a Long Shadow: Colonial Categories, Cultural Identities, and Cosmopolitan Spaces in Globalizing Africa
Viewing Post-Colonial Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Through Civic Spaces: A Question of Class
Transforming urban landscapes: Soccer fields as sites of urban sociability in the agglomeration of Dakar
Narrating The African City From The Diaspora: Lagos As A Trope In Ben Okri and Chika Unigwe's Short Stories
The City Beyond the Border: The Urban Worlds Of Duiker, Mpe & Vera
Governing the city? South Africa's struggle to deal with urban immigrants after apartheid
Cinema and The Edgy City: Johannesburg, Carjacking, And The Postmetropolis
Visual Fragments of Kinshasa
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ISBN: 9780415454483
ISBN-10: 0415454484
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 31st March 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1