‘Cities Without Slums’? Global architectures of power and the African city

Gruffydd Jones, Branwen. 2009. '‘Cities Without Slums’? Global architectures of power and the African city'. In: African Perspectives 2009 Congress: The African City Centre Re(sourced). University of Pretoria, South Africa 25-28 September. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper provides a critical examination of the current international urban agenda for African cities, with a particular focus on the Cities Alliance discourse of ‘Cities Without Slums’ and UN-Habitat’ s ‘Slum Upgrading Facility’. Through this analysis a global architecture of financial and ideological power is brought into view. The paper first identifies the neoliberal ideological principles underpinning these internationally-promoted initiatives for ‘resourcing’ African cities. It then traces the location of this agenda within the broader global emergence neoliberal urbanism and financialisation. The final part of the paper considers the current agenda for African cities in light of earlier colonial urban discourse

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September 2009Published

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University of Pretoria, South Africa

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25-28 September

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08 Nov 2010 09:11

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19 Sep 2013 15:30



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