Neoliberalism, Urbanization and Change in Africa: the Political Economy of Heterotopias

dc.contributor.author Carmody, Padraig
dc.contributor.author Owusu, Francis
dc.contributor.author Owusu, Francis
dc.contributor.department Community and Regional Planning
dc.date 2018-02-19T05:51:46.000
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dc.date.copyright Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2016
dc.date.issued 2016-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>In the much of the popular media, the discourse around Africa has changed. Whereas stories of the “coming anarchy” or the “hopeless continent” abounded a little over a decade ago, it was, until the recent collapse in commodity prices, increasingly seen as the final global investment frontier, with rapid uptake of cellular technology and economic growth. Although much of this growth has been propelled by natural resources, the current conjuncture offers opportunities as well as challenges for African urban areas and raises questions about the role of cities in the continent’s future development as they continue to become more deeply informalised. The response of many city authorities to the deepening informalisation of their economies has been to try to connect to the global economy in new ways, through the creation of new financial service, high-tech and elite residential areas. In this paper we explore these developments through the Foucaudian lens of heterotopia. These new developments attempt to erase their associations with the cities from which they originate in favour of new connections outwards. However the creation of these new enclaves is filled with socio-spatial contradictions, which make them unlikely to achieve their ostensible objectives.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This is an article from <em>Journal of African Development</em>, 2016; 18(18); 61-73. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines African Studies
dc.subject.disciplines Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
dc.subject.disciplines Environmental Design
dc.subject.disciplines Urban, Community and Regional Planning
dc.subject.keywords Neoliberal planning
dc.subject.keywords African cities
dc.subject.keywords heterotopia
dc.title Neoliberalism, Urbanization and Change in Africa: the Political Economy of Heterotopias
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