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Urban platforms and metropolitan logistics

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.

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Urban presence and uncertain futures in African cities
Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

of behaviour. Complex systems logic demonstrates why seeing like a city demands recognition of geographical specificity and path-dependent social settlement, opening contextual opportunities of place that render bespoke local city ‘clumsy’ solutions to ‘wicked’ urban problems more plausible. Cities of the global south have the potential to leapfrog the twentieth-century lock-ins of car-based urbanism and wasteful city metabolisms of water and waste. But equally, different histories of colonialism and systemic underdevelopment weigh heavily in

in African cities and collaborative futures
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Urban transformation and public health in future cities
Michael Keith and Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

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in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city
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A pluralist theory of citizenship
Rainer Bauböck

). Unlike federal provinces striving to enhance their autonomy, cities disconnect from the international state system when propelling their soft power across borders. In Warren Magnusson's ( 2011 ) words “seeing like a city” means considering public policy issues from a non-sovereignty perspective. Second, the right of free movement inside a state territory is not a privilege of national citizens, but has been codified as an

in Democratic inclusion