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Africa's Legacies of Urbanization: Unfolding Saga of a Continent (Paperback)
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Africa's Legacies of Urbanization: Unfolding Saga of a Continent (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 15/10/2008
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The ability to function safely, healthily, and productively in urban places is a continuing challenge for people everywhere. This challenge is exacerbated when the resources available to people in urban places happen to be severely limited or their ability to make decisions consistent with their welfare severely constrained. Nevertheless, Africans have manifested great inventiveness and resourcefulness both in contributing to, and in adapting to, urbanization. Africa's Legacies of Urbanization is the culmination of several decades of research, travel, and teaching. Goodwin provides an interdisciplinary and up-to-date look at African cities and the urbanization process. This thought provoking and engaging work tackles the vastness of the 'mother continent' by dividing it into geographic regions: western, central, southern, eastern, and northeastern. Beginning with an overview of the urban experience in Africa, Goodwin then studies the histories of urbanization in the various regions of the continent. Thoroughly researched and accessibly written, this comprehensive work will appeal to scholars of African studies, urban studies, anthropology, and cultural ecology.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739133484
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 785 g
Dimensions: 233 x 154 x 37 mm


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Dr. Goodwin's book is a welcome addition to the much needed literature on 'understanding Africa.' Goodwin sheds light on the continent's legacies and offers a new outlook on a continent that continually receives negative publicity and limited credit for its struggle to remain visible in a highly competitive global market. I would go further to recommend it to those teaching or studying Africa, especially introduction to Africa classes. -- Lioba Moshi, University of Georgia
Dr. Stefan Goodwin takes us on a long, extraordinary and exciting journey through the vast continent of Africa. A journey that encompasses the turbulent and stunning history of the times through the bellicose scramble for territories and human property by colonialists to the amalgamation of varied tribes into unified countries from which economic or true political emancipation has become a quagmire. -- Marcellina U. Offoha, Shaw University
Goodwin writes with conviction, rigor, and clarity about the central role of the African continent, as a whole, in the history and process of defining urbanization. For those who still equate civilization with one version of urbanism the author provides a trenchant corrective documenting repeated efforts to make the African continent self-reliant without interference. Goodwin insists throughout this text that it is historical context which gives meaning to the production of knowledge about the subject. He raises important questions supported by evidence challenging the premises of a single minded global regime. In the process the author also succeeds in underscoring the collaboration of women and men, as well as the social costs from a division of labor that is superbly explained. As Africa scholars seek to explain the totality that gives meaning to their object of study this important study will become a recurring reference and trusted ally. -- W. F. Santiago-Vales, Western Michigan University

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