Download e-book for kindle: African Urban Economies: Viability, Vitality or Vitiation? by Deborah Potts, Deborah Fahy Bryceson

By Deborah Potts, Deborah Fahy Bryceson

ISBN-10: 0230523013

ISBN-13: 9780230523012

ISBN-10: 1349547891

ISBN-13: 9781349547890

Are Africa's such a lot populous and economically dominant towns a strength to reckon with within the twenty-first century? This e-book analyzes the economies of East and Southern Africa's 'apex' towns, probing how they've got altered structurally over the years and their present assets of financial energy and vulnerability at neighborhood, nationwide and foreign degrees. Case research chapters concentrating on Johannesburg, Chitungwiza, Gaborone, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala and Mogadishu shed new gentle on modern African city customers and difficulties.

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During the 1980s depressed urban economies lost some of their pulling power, as will be discussed by Potts in Chapter 3, whereas during the 1990s AIDS lowered urban growth, especially in the large cities where people of sexually active ages were heavily concentrated. The influence of war on urban population growth shows highly variable outcomes. In Uganda, Kampala barely grew in size during the protracted years of Amin’s bloody reign of power in the 1970s (Chapter 6). So too, Maputo’s rate of growth declined during Mozambique’s liberation war in the early 1970s in part due to the exodus of Portuguese expatriates fleeing the political insecurity and slowdown in economic investment (Chapter 4).

Weeks (1993) Africa Misunderstood or Whatever Happened to the RuralUrban Gap? Basingstoke, Macmillan. Jenkins, P. (2001) ‘When the State and Market are Weak: The Role of Civil Society in Shelter at the Periphery’, in P. Jenkins, M. Carley and H. Smith (eds), Urban Development and Civil Society: The Role of Communities in Sustainable Cities, London, Earthscan. Jones, S. and N. Nelson (1999), Urban Poverty in Africa: From Understanding to Alleviation, London, Intermediate Technology Publications.

Bryceson et al. (2003) found that mobile phone ownership in Kampala exceeded that of Harare, which was attributed to the fact that Harare had a reasonable landline system whereas Kampala’s residents had limited recourse to telephones prior to the spread of mobile phones. 22. While there is a profusion of literature on urban crime in South Africa extending to Southern Africa, very little has been written on crime and urbanization in East Africa. One notable exception is Obudho and Owuor 1994. uk.

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