© 2014

The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities

Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging

  • Editors
  • Mamadou Diouf
  • Rosalind Fredericks

Part of the Africa Connects book series (AFC)

About this book


The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities pushes the frontiers of how we understand cities and citizenship and offers new perspectives on African urbanism. Nuanced ethnographic analyses of life in an array of African cities illuminate the emergent infrastructures and spaces of belonging through which urban lives and politics are being forged.


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About the authors

AbdouMaliq Simone, Goldsmiths College, University of Londo, UK Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Ruth Marshall, University of Toronto, Canada David Simon, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Juan Obarrio, Johns Hopkins University, USA Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga, Université de Lille, France Jinny Prais, Columbia University, USA Emily Brownell, University of Northern Colorado, USA Christine Ludl, University of Bayreuth, Germany Hannah Appel, University of California, Berkeley, USA Giles Omezi, University College London, UK Adedamola Osinulu, University of Michigan, US

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities
  • Book Subtitle Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging
  • Editors M. Diouf
    R. Fredericks
  • Series Title Africa Connects
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-48187-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-137-51631-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-48188-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 310
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African Culture
    Urban Studies/Sociology
    Development Studies
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“A valuable addition to a growing, interdisciplinary body of work that provides new avenues for thinking African urbanism to ‘decolonize urban theory’ … . this collection not only offers a range of nuanced historical and ethnographic studies of urban life, but also provides new insights and avenues for research on citizenship, infrastructures, and the built form. Perhaps most importantly, these essays enable us to think anew about the politics of cities and city-ness in Africa and beyond.” (Antina von Schnitzler, American Ethnologist, Vol. 43 (2), 2016)