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African Urban Economies

Viability, Vitality or Vitiation?

  • Deborah Fahy Bryceson
  • Deborah Potts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

  3. City Economies in the Making

  4. Urban Livelihoods and Social Dynamics

  5. Urban Welfare, Housing and Infrastructure

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317

About this book


Are Africa's most populous and economically dominant cities a force to reckon with in the twenty-first century? This book analyzes the economies of East and Southern Africa's 'apex' cities, probing how they have altered structurally over time and their current sources of economic vitality and vulnerability at local, national and international levels. Case study chapters focusing on Johannesburg, Chitungwiza, Gaborone, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala and Mogadishu shed new light on contemporary African urban prospects and problems.


development growth migration research

Editors and affiliations

  • Deborah Fahy Bryceson
    • 1
  • Deborah Potts
    • 2
  1. 1.African Studies Centre, Oxford UniversityUK
  2. 2.King’s College LondonUK

About the editors

PHIL AMIS Senior Lecturer, International Development Department, School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, UK JO BEALL Director, Development Studies Institute (DESTIN), London School of Economics, UK OWEN CRANKSHAW Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa PAUL JENKINS Director, Centre for Environment and Human Settlements, UK PRISCILLA WANJIRU KARIUKI Professor of Psychology, College of Education and External Studies, University of Nairobi, Nairobi ROLAND MARCHAL Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Studies and Research/National Center for Scientific Research (CERI/CNRS), USA NICI NELSON Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK SULEIMAN NGWARE Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania AUGUSTUS NUWAGABA Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda SUSAN PARNELL Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa CAROLE RAKODI Professor of International Urban Development, International Development Department, School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, UK ANN SCHLYTER Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global Gender Studies, Göteborg University, Sweden ONALENNA SELOLWANE Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Botswana, Botswana

Bibliographic information


'The volume offers a good introduction to urban, and especially urban dvelopment, themes in Africa'. - Bill Freund, Journal of Southern African Studies

'...the editors of this volume should be complimented for bringing together a number of concise case studies, which cover substantial geographical ground. As such, it offers an analysis of statistical and recent census data, which will certainly be of interest to readers with a general interest in Africa.' - J. Joost Beuving, Modern African Studies

'It is an important book for those concerend with urbanization on a global scale and especially in Africa, providing new insights into the fast-chaning reality of urbanization in Africa today.' - Adrian Atkinson, Development and Change

'This thorough and well-composed volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the key issues of urban development in contemporary eastern and southern Africa.' - Garth A. Myers African Affairs