495 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2013
This book is the outcome of a research exploration by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. The volume "is best regarded as an ensemble of diverse perspectives and modalities of thought on the various ways in which a thick analytical account of African cityness can be advanced...considering the inevitable diversity and arguments across these essays...it is partial and necessarily incomplete." Edgar Pieterse, from his introduction
"Grasping the Unknowable: coming to grips with African urbanisms" by Edgar Pieterse
"Reconceptualising Urbanism Ecology and Networked Infrastructure" by Mark Swilling
"Palimpset African Urbanity: connecting pre-colonial and post-apartheid urban narratives in Durban" by Orli Bass
"Seeking Logic in the Chaos Precinct: the spatial and property dynamics of trading space in Jeppe" by Tanya Zack
"The City from its Margins: rethinking urban governance through the everyday lives of migrant women in Johannesburg" by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
"Outcharming Crime in (D)urban Space" by Christine Hentschel
"Shifting Spaces, Tilting Time" by Jay Pather
"Abracadabra" by Kim Gurney.
Edgar Pieterse holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town.
AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Honorary Professor at the African Centre for Cities, Research Associate with the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta, and Research Fellow at the University of Tarumanagara.