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On the Worlding of African Cities

Simone, AbdouMaliq. 2001. On the Worlding of African Cities. African Studies Review, 44(2), pp. 15-41. ISSN 0002-0206 [Article]

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How do African urban residents, who are conventionally assumed to operate within parochial, highly localized confines, operate at larger scales? How do they reach a “larger world”? The article looks at some of the overall effects on African cities and their residents of a global process of scalar recomposition and the reconfiguration of social cohesion that ensues. By examining renovations in a traditional Islamic institution, zawiyyah, an example is provided of ways in which urban Africans attempt to act effectively within larger domains.

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05 Oct 2015 10:12

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