- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.
Chapter 23: Infrastructure Deficits and Potential in African Cities
Infrastructure Deficits and Potential in African Cities
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, ...