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Informality and Temporary Urbanism as Defiance: Tales of the Everyday Life and Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa
Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT, UK.
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300, Republic of South Africa.
Malmö University, Institute for Urban Research (IUR). Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1363-8014
2020 (English)In: Transforming Cities Through Temporary Urbanism: A Comparative International Overview / [ed] Lauren Andres; Amy Y. Zhang, Springer, 2020, p. 61-72Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The role of informality in African citizens’ everyday survival reflects the strategies and attitudes of citizens towards state plans and policies. This chapter dissociates the discussion of temporary urbanism from its typical Global North perspective to explore how this concept plays out in a Southern context, namely Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We look at the relationships between temporary urban settlements, citizens’ resilience to socio-economic deprivation, loss of trust in government, and resistance to neoliberal policies in such a context. The chapter begins with a historical account of informality in SSA in order to explain its socio-political construction in the present. We then explore how informality is addressed in its ‘temporariness’ as a state strategy to evade the realities of African cities or to avoid providing adequate housing. The overall argument of this chapter is that there is a need for attitudinal change in the political disposition to informality, which could help to recognise the value and permanence of informality in SSA.

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Springer, 2020. p. 61-72
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The Urban Book Series, ISSN 2365-757X, E-ISSN 2365-7588
Keywords [en]
Informality, Urban planning, Temporary urbanism, Resilience, Sub-Saharan Africa
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-56798DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-61753-0_5Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85098004637ISBN: 978-3-030-61752-3 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-61753-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-56798DiVA, id: diva2:1720421
Available from: 2022-12-19 Created: 2022-12-19 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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