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Urban governance of 'messy' cities: Housing and the African city

Rubin, M. ORCID:, Klug, N. and Charlton, S. 2023. Urban governance of 'messy' cities: Housing and the African city. Rubin, M. ORCID:, Charlton, S. and Klug, N., eds. Housing in African cities : A lens on urban governance, Springer Cham, pp. 1-26. (10.1007/978-3-031-37408-1_1)

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A focus on housing illuminates multiple dimensions of African cities. In particular housing issues shed light on matters of politics and of power, as well as everyday practices, and thus offer a way of examining urban governance. Some of what is revealed are ‘messy’ processes, in various senses that we outline in this introductory chapter. We draw on the cases in the book to explore this messiness, including the ways in which the state (in all its complexity) and ordinary people interact. We consider how conflict or contestation—generated by economic interests for example, or alternative visions—play out in multiple housing sites. We note the diversity of actors, from individual to institutional, their relationships, motivations and the range of collaborations, contestations and negotiation that unfold. Through this we gain insight into governance mechanisms and instruments, but most crucially the forms of power that underpin multiple housing situations.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Springer Cham
ISBN: 9783031374074
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2023 13:01

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