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Reconsidering informality: perspectives from urban Africa
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2004 (English)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This book brings together two bodies of research on urban Africa that have tended to be separate: Studies of urban land use and housing, and studies of work and livelihoods. Africa’s future will be to an increasing extent urban. Nevertheless, the inherited legal, institutional and financial arrangements for managing urban development are inadequate. The recent decades of neo-liberal political and economic reforms have increased social inequality across urban space. Access to employment, shelter and services is precarious for most urban residents. Extra-legal housing and unregistered economic activities proliferate. Basic urban services are increasingly provided informally. The result is the phenomenal growth of the informal city and extra-legal activities. How do urban residents see these activities? What do they accomplish through them? How can these “informal” cities be governed?

The case studies are drawn from a diverse set of cities on the African continent. A central theme is how practices that from an official standpoint are illegal or extra-legal do not only work but are considered legitimate by the actors concerned. Another is how the informal city is not exclusively the domain of the poor, but also provides shelter and livelihoods for better-off segments of the urban population.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2004. , 235 p.
Keyword [en]
Informal sector, Hidden economy, Employment, Land use, Livelihood, Urban areas, Urban planning, Urban housing, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Social Anthropology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-103ISBN: 91-7106-518-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-103DiVA: diva2:240550
Note
CONTENT -- Preface -- Chapter 1. Introduction. Karen Tranberg Hansen and Mariken Vaa -- SECTION I: LOCALITY, PLACE, AND SPACE -- Chapter 2. Sharing Public Space in Pointe-Noire, Congo-Brazzaville Immigrant Fishermen and a Multinational Oil Company. Gabriel Tati -- Chapter 3. The Right to Stay in Cato Crest Formality and Informality in a South African Development Project. Knut G. Nustad -- Chapter 4. Who Rules the Streets? The Politics of Vending Space in Lusaka. Karen Tranberg Hansen -- SECTION II: ECONOMY, WORK, AND LIVELIHOODS -- Chapter 5. Trade and the Politics of Informalisation in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Ilda Lourenço-Lindell -- Chapter 6. Home Based Enterprises in a Period of Economic Restructuring in Zambia. Barbara Mwila Kazimbaya-Senkwe -- Chapter 7. Home Industries and the Formal City in Harare, Zimbabwe. Amin Y. Kamete -- SECTION III: LAND, HOUSING, AND PLANNING -- Chapter 8. Land Use Planning and Governance in Dar es Salaam. A Case Study from Tanzania. Marco Burra -- Chapter 9. Actors and Interests. The Development of an Informal Settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. Rose Gatabaki-Kamau and Sara Karirah-Gitau -- Chapter 10. The Law and Access to Land for Housing in Maseru, Lesotho. Resetselemang Clement Leduka -- Chapter 11. Upgrading an Informal Settlement in Cape Town, South Africa. John Abbott -- Chapter 12. Beyond the Formal/Informal Dichotomy. Access to Land in Maputo, Mozambique. Paul Jenkins -- Abbreviations -- Glossary -- Biographical Notes -- Index Available from: 2009-09-28 Created: 2009-09-22 Last updated: 2010-04-15Bibliographically approved

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