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African Ideas of the Urban
African Ideas of the Urban
Garth Myers

Many cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are growing rapidly. Some patterns and processes of urbanization in the region are familiar, in that they follow conventional expectations of urban theory, where industrialization and agglomeration have multiplier effects which draw rural population, and growth adds to growth. But there are numerous ways in which urbanization and urbanism in the region appear to upend the rules, as cities grow rapidly in population and areal extent without economic growth, substantial formal industry, or, it is often thought, classically urban social forms. Rather than concluding that African cities need to continue to be thought of through global North theoretical lenses as cities that don't work or aren't cities in the ...

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