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Open Access The African city Decolonization and after

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The African city Decolonization and after

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This chapter looks at how decolonization transformed African cities. In contrast with other parts of the world, decolonization in Africa took place over several decades and in many cases can be seen as a gradual process involving many kinds of continuities. It is argued that modernist planning and states policy, while altered after independence, contained much the same in the way of ideas about development allowing for considerable continuity so long as the economy, often categorized as neocolonial, held up. Modernity came to Africa in one fairly standard form through colonial domination. Where possible, the postcolonial state tried to shift that modernity in statist and deracialized directions and become a yet more powerful patron of the very rapid growth of primate cities. The possibilities of modernity led by the state now look far more limited given the triumph of neoliberalism and the crisis of the African state.

Keywords: African cities; decolonization; modernity; neoliberalism



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