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Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research, and Policy in International Development Studies

Politics and the Urban Frontier

Transformation and Divergence in Late Urbanizing East Africa

Tom Goodfellow

Politics and the Urban Frontier

Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research, and Policy in International Development Studies

Politics and the Urban Frontier

Transformation and Divergence in Late Urbanizing East Africa

Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research, and Policy in International Development Studies: Politics and the Urban Frontier

 

This book offers the first full-length comparative analysis of urban development trajectories in Eastern Africa and the political dynamics that underpin them. It offers a multi-scalar, historically-grounded, and interdisciplinary analysis of the urban transformations unfolding in the world's most dynamic crucible of urban change.


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Despite the rise of global technocratic ideals of city-making, cities around the world are not merging into indistinguishable duplicates of one another. In fact, as the world urbanizes, urban formations remain diverse in their socioeconomic and spatial characteristics, with varying potential to foster economic development and social justice. In this book, Tom Goodfellow argues that these differences are primarily rooted in politics, and if we continue to view cities
as economic and technological projects to be managed rather than terrains of political bargaining and contestation, the quest for better urban futures is doomed to fail. Dominant critical approaches to urban development tend to explain difference with reference to the variegated impacts of neoliberal
regulatory institutions. This, however, neglects the multiple ways in which the wider politics of capital accumulation and distribution drive divergent forms of transformation in different urban places.

In order to unpack the politics that shapes differential urban development, this book focuses on East Africa as the global urban frontier: the least urbanized but fastest urbanizing region in the world. Drawing on a decade of research spanning three case study countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda), Politics and the Urban Frontier provides the first sustained, book-length comparative analysis of urban development trajectories in Eastern Africa and the political dynamics that underpin
them. Through a focus on infrastructure investment, urban propertyscapes, street-level trading economies, and urban political protest, it offers a multi-scalar, historically-grounded, and interdisciplinary analysis of the urban transformations unfolding in the world's most dynamic crucible of urban
change.


ISBN
9780198853107
Pagina's
336
Verschijnt
Serie
Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research, and Policy in International Development Studies
NUR
780
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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