African Cities Reader

Provisional Reading List on African Urbanism
( Compiled by the African Centre for Cities )


Alsayyad, N. (2004) 'Urban Informality as a "New" Way of Life', in Roy, A and Alsayyad, N. (eds) Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia,
Lanham: Lexington Books

Ashforth, A. (2005) Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa,
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bass, O. (2006) 'D(Urban) - an African City', Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Cape Town.

Bayat, A. (1997) 'Uncivil Society: the Politics of the "Informal People"', Third World Quarterly, 18: 53-72.

Besterman, C. (2008) Transforming Cape Town,
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bishop, R., Phillips, J. and W.W. Yeo (eds.) (2003) Postcolonial Urbanism. Southeast Asian Cities and Global Processe',
London: Routledge.

Bremner, L. (2004) Johannesburg: One City Colliding Worlds,
Parktown: STE Publishers.

Brycson, D. and Potts, D. (eds) (2005) African Urban Economies: Viability, Vitality or Vitiation?,
Palgrave Macmillan.

Connell, R. (2007) Southern Theory. The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Sciences,
Cambridge: Polity.

de Boeck, P. and Plissart, M. (2004) Kinshasa: Tales of the Invisible City,
Brussels: Ludion.

Dawson, A. (2006) 'Geography of fear: Crime and the Transformation of Public Space in Post-Apartheid South Africa', in Low, S and Smith, N. (eds) The Politics of Public Space,
London: Routledge, 123-142.

Diouf, M. (2003) 'Engaging postcolonial cultures: African youth and public space', African Studies Review, 46(1): 1-12.

Enwezor, O., et al, (eds) (2002) Under Siege: Four African Cities. Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lago', Dokumenta 11_Platform4. Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz.

Field, S., Meyer, R. and Swanson, F. (eds) (2007) Imagining the city: memories and cultures in Cape Town,
Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Freund, B. (2007) The African City: A History,
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gandy, M. (2005) 'Cyborg Urbanization: Complexity and Monstrosity in the Contemporary City', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 29(1): 26-49.

Geschiere, P. and Meyer, B. (1998) 'Globalization and Identity: Dialectics of Flow and Closure', Development and Change, 29(4): 601-615.

Hansen, T. (2006) 'Sounds of Freedom: Music, Taxis and Racial Imagination in Urban South Africa', Public Culture, 18 (1): 185-208.

Harrison, P. (2006) 'On the Edge of Reason: Planning and Urban Futures in Africa', Urban Studies, 43(2): 319-335.

Jamal, A. (2003) 'Terror and the City.' A paper prepared for a symposium jointly conceived by the Isandla Institute and Open University's Geography Department,
London, 1-3 October.

Jensen, S. (2008) Gangs, Politics and Dignity in Cape Town,
Oxford: James Currey.

Judin, H. and Vladislavic, I. (eds.) (1998) Blank________: Architecture, Apartheid and after,
Rotterdam: Nai.

King, A. D. (2004) Spaces of Global Culture. Architecture, Urbanism, Identity,
London: Routledge.

Lokko, L.N.N. (ed) (2000) White Papers, Blacks Marks. Architecture, Race, Culture,
London: Athlone Press.

Malaquais, D. (2006) 'Douala/Johannesburg/New York: Cityscapes Imagined', in Murray, M. and Myers, G.A. (eds) Cities in Contemporary Africa,
New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Marschall, S. (2008) 'Transforming Symbolic Identity. Wall Art and the South African City', African Arts, 41 (2): 12-23.

Maylam, P.Edwards, I. (eds) (1996) The People's City. African Life in Twentieth-Century Durban,
Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press.

Mbembe, A. and Nuttall, S. (2004) 'Writing the World from an African Metropolis', Public Culture, 16(3): 347-372.

Mendieta, E. (2001) 'Invisible Cities. A Phenomenology of Globalisation from Below´, City, 5 (1): 7-26.

Murray, N., Shepherd, N. and Hall, M. (eds) (2007) Desire Lines: Spaces, Memory and Identity in the Post-Apartheid City,
London: Routledge.

Murray, M. (2008) Taming the Disorderly City. The Spatial Landscape of Johannesburg after Apartheid,
Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

Murray, M. and Myers, G.A. (eds) (2006) Cities in Contemporary Africa,
New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Myers, G.A. and Murray, M. (2006) 'Introduction: Situating Contemporary Cities in Africa', in Murray, M. and Myers, G.A. (eds) Cities in Contemporary Africa.,
New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nuttall, S. and Mbembe, A. (eds) (2008) Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis.,
Johannesburg & Durham: Wits University Press & Duke University Press.

Oldfield, S., Parnell, S. and Mabin, A. (2004) 'Engagement and Reconstruction in Critical Research: Negotiating Urban Practice, Policy and Theory in South Africa', Social and Cultural Geography, 5 (2): 285-299.

Padayachee, V. and Freund, B. (eds) (2002) (D)urban Vortex: South African City in Transition,
Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.

Pattman, R. and Khan, S. (eds) (2007) 'Undressing Durban',
Madiba Publishers.

Pieterse, E. (2005) 'Transgressing the Limits of Possibility: Working Notes on a Relational Model of Urban Politics', in Simone, A. and Abouhani, A. (eds.) Urban Processes and Change in Africa,
London: Zed Books.

Popke, E. J. and Ballard, R. (2004) 'Dislocating Modernity: Identity, Space and Representations of Street Trade in Durban, South Africa', Geoforum, 35: 99-110.

Robinson, J. (2002) 'Global and World Cities: A View from off the Map', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 26(3): 531-554.

Robinson, J. (2006) Ordinary Cities. Between Modernity and Development,
London: Routledge.

Simone, A. (2004) 'For the City Yet to Come: Changing African Life in Four Cities',
Durham & London: Duke University Press.

Simone, A. (2004) 'People as Infrastructure: Intersecting fragments in Johannesburg', Public Culture, 16 (3): 407-429.

Simone, A. and Abouhani, A. (eds.) (2005) Urban Africa: Changing Contours of Survival in the City',
London: Zed Books.

Stefan, K. (2007) 'Fanon and Space: colonization, urbanization, and liberation from the colonial to the global city', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 25: 701-726.

Subirós, P. (ed) (2001) Africas. The Artist and the City. A Journey and an Exhibition.,
Barcelona: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona/Dipuyació de Barcelona ACTAR.

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