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Private condominiums in Luanda: more than just the safety of walls, a new way of living
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1997-4190
Institute of Social and Political Sciences and Centro de Estudos sobre África, Ásia e América Latina (CEsA), University of Lisbon, Portugal.
2018 (English)In: Social Dynamics, ISSN 0253-3952, E-ISSN 1940-7874, Vol. 44, no 2, p. 341-358Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Since its independence in 1975, Angola’s capital Luanda has beengoing through deep processes of demographic, economic, socialand physical transformations. In this article, apart from introducing the case study of private condominiums in the general discussion on urban studies in the Global South, we focus on the dynamics of transformations regarding housing for the mid/upper strata, providing the background for the emergence and recent expansion ofgated communities/condominiums, a phenomenon that has acquired major importance in the recent decades in Luanda. The specialised literature relates the demand for and multiplication of these residential structures in Africa with issues such as the search for safety associated with demonstrations of exclusive lifestyles. In the case of Luanda, the authors found––through a case study and qualitative data collected among residents and non-residents of condominiums––that, contrary to the results from other studies, condominiums in Luanda are essentially sought after primarily for functional reasons such as access to infrastructure and better living.

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2018. Vol. 44, no 2, p. 341-358
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2211DOI: 10.1080/02533952.2018.1487750OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2211DiVA, id: diva2:1243050
Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-30 Last updated: 2018-11-06Bibliographically approved

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