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Urban Informality in South Africa and Zimbabwe

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This book adds to the research of urban informality in the Global South with a specific focus on South Africa and Zimbabwe. It addresses the agency and the potential transformative capacity of the phenomenon of urban informality in connection with Southern African cities and towns. It adopts a political economy approach to analyse the evolution of informality in cities and its implications for urban planning. It brings to bear how the South African and Zimbabwean historical and/or ideological and contemporary political and economic trajectories have impacted on the ever changing nature of urban informality, both spatially and structurally and/or compositionally; thus resulting in unique urban materialities, which are aspects that have scarcely been studied or discussed in the extant literature. This book, therefore, seeks to close the academic gap by dealing with the dearth of literature on spatial (re)locational discourses of urban informality.

The work positions urban informality as a resilient force with potency in terms of political mobilisation and (re) shaping urban spaces. Though these are fundamental issues, they have received comparatively little attention, especially in literature that focuses on the Southern African region. Accordingly, undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as academics in the fields of Urban Geography, Political Science, Development Studies, Sociology, Town and Regional Planning among others, will find the range of topics and depth of coverage in this book particularly valuable. Similarly, practitioners and activists on issues of urban informality and urban governance will find the book very useful.

Dr. Inocent Moyo is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa. His researches borders, migration, development and regional integration, urban and cross border informal economies with a focus on Africa in general and the Southern Development Community, SADC, region specifically.

Prof. Trynos Gumbo is an Associate Professor and Head of the Town and Regional Planning Department at the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg. His research interests largely lie within the sustainable urban planning and development domain, where he specifically focuses on the application of geographic information systems and related technologies to provide novel insights on innovative urban transport systems, renewable energy, and informal urban economies and housing.


Introduction on the urban economic informality context.- Part 1: History of urban informality and urban planning debates.- Historicising urban informality.- Modernity, urban planning and informality.- Part 2: Urban informality experiences from selected South African and Zimbabwean cities.- International migrants and the informal economy in Southern African cities.- Compositional formality-informality interfaces in Harare city.- Rising informality and role in shaping economies in Johannesburg city.- The spatial configuration and reconfiguration in Bulawayo city: Regarding the impact of politico-economic ideologies.

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Titre: Urban Informality in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Sous-titre: On Growth, Trajectory and Aftermath
Code EAN: 9783030654856
Protection contre la copie numérique: filigrane numérique
Format: eBook (pdf)
Producteur: Springer International Publishing
Genre: Art
nombre de pages: 168
Parution: 09.01.2021
Taille de fichier: 2.9 MB

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