Living the City in Africa

ab 24,90 

Brigit Obrist, Veit Arlt, Elisio Macamo (Eds.)

Processes of Invention and Intervention

ISBN 978-3-643-80152-4
Band-Nr. 10
Jahr 2013
Seiten 304
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Schweizerische Afrikastudien – Etudes africaines suisses


Research on cities worldwide still takes
its cue from cities in Europe and the United
States, which are seen as the standard
model. However, cities in the global
South are undergoing a much more rapid
transformation including multiple interlinked
transitions, with Africa featuring
the highest urbanization rates world-wide.
Scholars therefore call for a new
approach to urban studies which examines
cities from a more global, comparative
perspective. This new approach pays
added attention to the role societal creativity
plays in processes of urbanization,
instead of concentrating exclusively on
expert-driven planning and intervention.
Especially in fast-growing cities with
weaker institutional capacity for interventions,
the interplay between intervention
and invention, between expert and
societal agency, becomes more tangible
and all the more significant