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The Practice and Politics of DIY Urbanism in African Cities
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The Practice and Politics of DIY Urbanism in African Cities (Paperback)

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Protracted economic crisis and enduring class stratification, often impacting a majority of Africa's city dwellers, has long seen residents draw on their own resources and skills, and adopt experimental approaches to sustaining a living and access to services in cities.

This do-it-yourself (DIY) urbanism has normally been analysed through a developmental lens, and thus studied in isolation to responses to crisis in cities elsewhere across the globe. Editors Marr and Musasa take a cross-regional perspective, drawing upon areas with varying levels of state presence, to understand the dynamics of DIY urbanism in cities and for urban residents experiencing economic distress and marginalisation.

The editors ask: Does DIY urbanism present a form of resistance or acquiescence to class stratification and other inequalities? Does it connote an acceptance of the withdrawal of social and public services that now follow the customary austerity policies enacted after economic crisis? What prospects across the varying actions of urban residents attempting to make a life are there for a radical politics that can make cities work better for its most poor and marginalised populations?

Stephen Marr is Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at Malmoe University and Associate Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida. Marr is guest researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute and the Center for Globalization and Development at the University of Gothenburg. His current research engages issues of comparative urbanism, with a focus on practices of DIY urbanism amidst pervasive socio-economic and spatial insecurity in cities of sub-Saharan Africa (Lagos) and the post-industrial American Midwest (Detroit). He is currently co-PI of an ongoing comparative urban studies research project, The Practice and Politics of Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts at the Margins. Patience Mususa is a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa and holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town. She has previously lectured at the University of Cape Town's department of Social Anthropology (South Africa), and at the Copperbelt University's School of Architecture (Zambia). She has also worked as a development practitioner for an USAID programme and with the Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) at Oxford University on the study of forced labour and migrant accommodation practices in the United Kingdom. Mususa's current research looks at the planning dynamics of new mining towns in Africa's Copperbelt (Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo), and the politics and practice of contemporary urbanism in Africa. She is co-PI of a Formas funded project titled The Practice and Politics of Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts at the Margins.

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