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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 ...

Chapter 24: Urbanization and Housing in Africa

Urbanization and Housing in Africa
Urbanization and Housing in Africa
Paul CollierAnthony J. Venables
INTRODUCTION

Prior to Independence, Africa was an overwhelmingly rural society. Over the past half-century, it has been the most rapidly urbanizing region. This urbanization has been seriously dysfunctional. A good city provides people with both a better venue for productive employment and a better quality of life than can be achieved in rural areas. African cities have achieved neither of these characteristics. They are not locations for productive employment because they lack the density of settlement and its supporting infrastructure that large firms need in order to produce at scale for global markets. They do not offer a better quality of life because much housing is squalid and lacks the basic public services ...

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