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Comparing Climate Politics and Adaptation Strategies in African Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in the State-Community Divide
Nordic Africa Inst, Uppsala, Sweden.
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6058-072X
2022 (English)In: Urban Forum, ISSN 1015-3802, E-ISSN 1874-6330, Vol. 33, no 1, p. 1-12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Residents of African municipalities exhibit a lengthy and varied history of coping with conditions of pervasive precarity and uncertainty in the context of an unevenly present state. The climate crisis compounds these challenges. Based on case studies from across the continent, this introduction to the Special Issue on the Politics of Climate Action in Africa's Cities presents research oriented around questions of "do-it-yourself" urbanism, sustainable development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts undertaken by socio-economically vulnerable citizens. It offers insight into how the urban poor respond to ongoing urban climate crises, the variable roles of an absent, ineffectual, or inattentive state, and the unequal power relations undergirding sustainability discourse and practice. It draws on a cross-regional comparative perspective that centres conversations about urban theory and development in a (urban) world succumbing to mounting pressures from climate change, environmental precarity, and pervasive inequities.

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Springer, 2022. Vol. 33, no 1, p. 1-12
Keywords [en]
African urbanism, DIY urbanism, Climate change, Urban marginality, Urban politics, Comparative urbanism
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Urban studies; Sustainable studies; Global politics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-50908DOI: 10.1007/s12132-022-09462-yISI: 000769844000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85126372396OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-50908DiVA, id: diva2:1649239
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The Practice and Politics of Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts at the Margins, Swedish Research Council Formas
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2017-01980Available from: 2022-04-04 Created: 2022-04-04 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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