By Deborah Potts, Deborah Fahy Bryceson
Are Africa's such a lot populous and economically dominant towns a strength to reckon with within the twenty-first century? This e-book analyzes the economies of East and Southern Africa's 'apex' towns, probing how they've got altered structurally over the years and their present assets of monetary power and vulnerability at neighborhood, nationwide and foreign degrees. Case research chapters concentrating on Johannesburg, Chitungwiza, Gaborone, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala and Mogadishu shed new mild on modern African city customers and difficulties.
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Just as the East African Rift Valley runs through the area from north to south, a fault line of social unease lends deep fragility to urban life throughout this region. These historical sores combine with the insecurities of relatively recent urbanites who retain identification with their rural birthplaces. In these contexts, the demographic balance between migrants and indigents of the city is economically and politically contestable. Fragile Cities 29 Ethnic friction and violence In spite of the racially charged history of the region, several of the apex cities have long-established multi-ethnic and multi-racial traditions.
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