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In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 23: Infrastructure Deficits and Potential in African Cities

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Infrastructure Deficits and Potential in African Cities
Infrastructure Deficits and Potential in African Cities
Katherine Hyman Edgar Pieterse

The poststructural and postcolonial turns have compelled us to forgo teleological desires in thinking about the problematics of ‘development’ and ‘progress’ (Nederveen Pieterse, 2010). Yet, it is almost impossible for urbanists to shake off the humanist longing to read African cities as an early version of modern urbanism that is yet to come (de Boeck, 2013). This yearning has become heightened in the last decade as the economic fortunes of the African region have improved and cities were allowed to start playing a more central role in development scripts. Just a decade ago most African governments were, at best, ...

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