Conclusion: Archipelagos and Estuaries: Mobility, Local Authorities and the Governance of Multiple Elsewheres

  • Loren B Landau
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


Rapid movements of people into, within and out of cities worldwide are rescaling and respatialising process of economic and social exchange and forms of political representation and membership. Drawing on empirical research in South Africa and Botswana, this chapter considers the politics and governance of estuarial zones and archipelagos generated by rapid population growth, ongoing human mobility and socio-economic translocality. It argues that local authorities are rarely equipped to respond to the fundamental challenges these formations present let alone capitalise on the opportunities such fluid urbanism offers. The obstacles are conceptual, institutional and political. For one, there is insufficient awareness and acceptance that movement and multilocality have local implications, and are local responsibilities. Yet for municipal authorities to develop proactive, progressive responses, institutional and political incentives––including budgeting and accountability––must also be recognised and addressed. This will require reconsidering administrative demarcation and understandings of political community. The chapter ends with suggestions for developing new modes of analysis and engagement reconsidered for an era of mobility and multilocality.


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  • Loren B Landau
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  1. 1.African Centre for Migration & SocietyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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