Secondary Cities and the Formation of Political Space in West and East Africa

  • Lucy Koechlin
  • Till Förster


Koechlin and Förster observe that while for decades the capital cities of African countries dominated developmental and academic interest, secondary cities are now attracting increased attention as a result of their rapid growth and increasing social, economic and political significance on a regional and national level. They are becoming important sites of social and political transformation. The authors draw on their ethnography from Korhogo (Côte d’Ivoire) and Kisumu (Kenya), two cities that play important roles in national politics and have experienced conflict and violence. Their comparative analysis seeks to tease out general insights into the formation of specific urbanities in secondary cities and their effects on social agency and democratic politics. They address the changing nature of social interactions and question what conditions they create inclusive, peaceful social spaces, and how and when political articulations tip into violence and exclusion.


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  • Lucy Koechlin
    • 1
  • Till Förster
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Social AnthropologyUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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