CAAS 426 - Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
Section: 001 Cities in Contemporary Africa
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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(Cross-Area Courses). F.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course explores cities in contemporary Africa through the lens of architecture and the built environment, informal economies and survivalist strategies, art and culture, social justice and citizenship. There is an unfortunate tendency in journalistic, scholarly accounts to portray cities in Africa as examples of distressed, distorted, truncated, or failed urbanism. This view that “cities in Africa just don’t work” is a fairly widespread perception that has embedded itself in popular culture. Rather than treating cities in Africa as undifferentiated places of socio-economic malaise, famine and war, infrastructural failure, and service breakdown, the course seeks to understand the complexity of processes at work that produce cities in Africa today. The course focuses the multiple ways that cities actually do work in Africa, but perhaps in ways that are invisible to planners, experts, journalists, and travelers.

CAAS 426 - Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
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001 (REC)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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ISBN: 9780801474378
Taming the disorderly city : the spatial landscape of Johannesburg after apartheid, Author: Martin J. Murray., Publisher: Cornell University Press 2008
ISBN: 9780822337171
Global shadows : Africa in the neoliberal world order, Author: James Ferguson., Publisher: Duke University Press 3rd printi 2007
ISBN: 0415993229
City life from Jakarta to Dakar : movements at the crossroads, Author: AbdouMaliq Simone., Publisher: Routledge 2010
ISBN: 1844671607
Planet of slums, Author: Mike Davis., Publisher: Verso Paperback 2007
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