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Conceptual Vectors of African Urbanism: 'Engaged Theory-Making' and 'Platforms of Engagement'
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. University of Cape Town. (KTH Environmental Humanities)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6415-4821
2014 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 48, no 9, 1563-1577 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban political ecology (UPE) has provided critical insights into the sociomaterial construction of urban environments, their unequal distribution of resources, and contestation over power and resources. Most of this work is rooted in Marxist urban geographical theory, which provides a useful but limited analysis. Such works typically begin with a historical-materialist theory of power, then examine particular artifacts and infrastructure to provide a critique of society.We argue that there aremultipleways of expanding this framing, including through political ecology or wider currents of Marxism. Here, we demonstrate one possibility: starting from theory and empirics in the South, specifically, African urbanism. We show how African urbanism can inform UPE and the associated research methods, theory and practice to create a more situated UPE. We begin suggesting what a situated UPE might entail: starting with everyday practices, examining diffuse forms of power, and opening the scope for radical incrementalism.

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2014. Vol. 48, no 9, 1563-1577 p.
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Comparative urbanism, Africa, Urban theory, Practice, Conceptual vectors, Informality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145909DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2014.892573ISI: 000340724800008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84906837588OAI: diva2:721125
Ways of Knowing Urban Ecologies (WOK-UE)
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[Des vecteurs conceptuels de l'urbanisme africain: La 'construction des théories engagées' et des 'plates-formes d'engagement']

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