African cities and collaborative futures: Urban platforms and metropolitan
logistics brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss the nature
of African cities – the interactions of residents with infrastructure, energy,
housing, safety and sustainability, seen through local narratives and theories.
This groundbreaking collection, drawing on a variety of fields and extensive
first-hand research, offers a fresh perspective on some of the most pressing
issues confronting urban Africa in the twenty-first century. Each of the
chapters, using case studies from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, South
Africa and Tanzania, explores how the rapid growth of African cities is
reconfiguring the relationship between urban social life and its built forms.
While the most visible transformations in cities today can be seen as
infrastructural, these manifestations are cultural as well as material,
reflecting the different ways in which the city is rationalised, economised and
governed. How can we ‘see like a city’ in twenty-first-century Africa,
understanding the urban present to shape its future? This is the central
question posed throughout this volume, with a practical focus on how academics,
local decision-makers and international practitioners can work together to
achieve better outcomes.
The bridge, the fund and insurance in Dar es Salaam
opportunities ( fursa ) and carve out space ( nafasi )
for future actions. However, their stories shared a strong emphasis on anticipating future scenarios and the ways these could be controlled, which Yahya in the vignette above described as ‘insurance strategies’, Smart as ‘practised luck’ and the boda boda driver as ‘clever hustling’. The interpretation of ‘insurance’ as a means of negotiating risky futures is important, neither corresponding directly with the Swahili word for formal insurance, bima , which connotes
Time and space in family migrant networks between Kosovo and western Europe
New pasts, presents and futures: time and
space in family migrant networks between
Kosovo and western Europe
For many families in Kosovo, migration is an integral part of life. This is true even if
they do not themselves migrate but, rather, seem ‘stuck’ in a village such as the one
in south Kosovo where I conducted fieldwork between 2011 and 2013.1 In fact, in
this village, and throughout almost all of Kosovo, there is what one might term a
‘culture’ of migration. Every person has close family members who are living or have
Transnational reflections from Brazilians in London and Maré, Rio de Janeiro
Cathy McIlwaine, Miriam Krenzinger, Yara Evans, and Eliana Sousa Silva
London and those residing in the marginalised slums of one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas, Complexo da Maré. It shows how gender-based violence (GBV) is diverse across multiple spaces of the city in both contexts and how it fundamentally undermines women’s wellbeing. Yet, while GBV emerges as a major barrier to ensuring equitable and healthy feminised urban futures, such futures are paradoxical. Although the roots of gendered violence lie in patriarchal power relations, it is exacerbated by other forms of indirect structural violence that relate to the challenges
Mark Pelling, Alejandro Barcena, Hayley Leck, Ibidun Adelekan, David Dodman, Hamadou Issaka, Cassidy Johnson, Mtafu Manda, Blessing Mberu, Ezebunwa Nwokocha, Emmanuel Osuteye, and Soumana Boubacar
will be concentrated in the towns and cities of sub-Saharan Africa. This offers vast potential but at the same time such development futures are intertwined with disaster risks (Fraser et al., 2017 ). This chapter has shown that risk management in the four case study cities are characterised by considerable gaps and blockages, yet there are also several significant emerging innovative initiatives for overcoming these barriers. These issues have been explored through the application of the conceptual framework presented in Figure 3.1 . This research is an important
What does it mean to personalise cancer medicine? Personalised cancer medicine explores this question by foregrounding the experiences of patients, carers and practitioners in the UK. Drawing on an ethnographic study of cancer research and care, we trace patients’, carers’ and practitioners’ efforts to access and interpret novel genomic tests, information and treatments as they craft personal and collective futures. Exploring a series of case studies of diagnostic tests, research and experimental therapies, the book charts the different kinds of care and work involved in efforts to personalise cancer medicine and the ways in which benefits and opportunities are unevenly realised and distributed. Investigating these experiences against a backdrop of policy and professional accounts of the ‘big’ future of personalised healthcare, the authors show how hopes invested and care realised via personalised cancer medicine are multifaceted, contingent and, at times, frustrated in the everyday complexities of living and working with cancer. Tracing the difficult and painstaking work involved in making sense of novel data, results and predictions, we show the different futures crafted across policy, practice and personal accounts. This is the only book to investigate in depth how personalised cancer medicine is reshaping the futures of cancer patients, carers and professionals in uneven and partial ways. Applying a feminist lens that focuses on work and care, inclusions and exclusions, we explore the new kinds of expertise, relationships and collectives involved making personalised cancer medicine work in practice and the inconsistent ways their work is recognised and valued in the process.
put forward a proposal to end, or at least soften, the rule of silence that is generally
imposed within the sector. Weissman argues secrecy is often as much of an impediment to
resolving current cases as it is to preventing and managing futures ones. Strub
questions the definition of risk-management policy from the point of view of the NGO
security advisor responsible. She highlights the tensions she experienced in her role,
in particular the lack of institutional support from the very institution that
correct remuneration [and] providing
acceptable conditions of service ’ (2016: 63, emphasis added). Irrespective of
these aims, many UNRWA employees – including the Palestinian teachers, guards and
sanitation workers I have been speaking with across Lebanon – do not believe that UNRWA
is committed to ‘protecting’ them at a time when their jobs and futures are at
risk. Indeed, potential redundancies in Lebanon’s educational vocational centres had
already been officially announced in March 2018 (Cordone, cited in AFP, 2018 ), and my interviewees
& Development , 5 : 2 , 141 – 59 .
Duffield , M. ( 2007 ), Development, Security and Unending War: Governing the World of Peoples ( Cambridge : Polity Press ).
Evans , B. and Giroux , H. A. ( 2015 ), Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle ( San Francisco : City Lights Books ).
Evans , B. ( 2008 ), ‘ The Zapatista Insurgency: Bringing the Political Back into Conflict Analysis ’, New Political Science , 30 : 4 , 497 – 520 .
Evans , B. ( 2010 ), ‘ Life Resistance: Towards a Different Concept of the
reverse. In the section that follows, I
argue that the social function of humanitarianism has been as a kind of
ideological legitimation of liberalism, both as a symbol of its moral necessity and as cover for
its many absences and failures. Ironically, it is here that we begin to see how human rights and
humanitarianism diverge as social practices and thus have different futures. In the final
section, I’ll expand on this, suggesting that major powers will always need some means to
legitimate rule and excuse failure at the global level, and that