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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

The Liminal City: Gender, Mobility and Governance in a Twenty-first Century African City1
The Liminal City: Gender, Mobility and Governance in a Twenty-first Century African City
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
INTRODUCTION

When urban scholars discuss African cities, there is a familiar, solacing narrative that dominates the conversations: the continent's cities are growing at tremendous rates (UN-HABITAT, 2014) and as more and more people move to urban areas, they find non-existent economic opportunities, failing health systems, crumbling infrastructure, increasing poverty, ineffective and predatory authorities and an imperious moneyed elite (UN-HABITAT, 2014). Indeed, the dominant images Africa's cities conjure are ones where the landscapes are rolling shantytowns, where toilets ‘fly’ and rivulets of sewerage snake through cobbled-together homes. Africa's cities it seems, tell a story of failure – the failure ...

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