African Cities by Garth A. Myers
Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice

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As African societies come to live more and more in cities, they do so in ways that challenge prevailing theories and models of urban development. Yet in much of the mainstream and even critical literature, cities in Africa are either ignored or held up as examples of all that can go wrong with urbanism. In this groundbreaking book, Garth Myers argues for a re-visioning of how cities in Africa are discussed and written about. Touching on a diverse range of examples, from Zanzibar to Nairobi, Cape Town to Mogadishu, Kinshasa to Dakar, Myers uses original research and a close reading of works by other scholars, writers, and artists to encourage us to engage with the vibrancy and complexity of African cities.
 

About Garth A. Myers

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Garth Myers is Professor of Geography and African/African-American Studies, and Director of the Kansas African Studies Center, at the University of Kansas.
 
Published April 14, 2011 by Zed Books. 258 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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