African Urban Economies: Viability, Vitality or Vitiation? by Deborah Potts, Deborah Fahy Bryceson

By Deborah Potts, Deborah Fahy Bryceson

Are Africa's so much populous and economically dominant towns a strength to reckon with within the twenty-first century? This ebook analyzes the economies of East and Southern Africa's 'apex' towns, probing how they've got altered structurally over the years and their present assets of financial power and vulnerability at neighborhood, nationwide and overseas degrees. Case examine chapters targeting Johannesburg, Chitungwiza, Gaborone, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala and Mogadishu shed new mild on modern African city customers and difficulties.

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The second set of countries with ‘labyrinth urban governments’ had a maze of administrative 22 Introduction bodies and laws focused on planning and controlling urban space and economic activities which were epitomized by South Africa and later by other apartheid-leaning Southern African countries. The lacuna in East African urban governments could often be traced back to the colonial governments’ imposition of traditional authorities that were antithetical to the ethnic and occupational diversity of urban dwellers.

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