Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Sub‐Saharan Africa is the least urbanized region in the world, yet it has the highest urban growth rate. The region is traditionally known more for its rural cultures than its urban past, and urbanization is generally considered a colonial phenomenon. Studies of cities in sub‐Saharan Africa have focused mainly on the aspects of planning and industrialization in the colonial period and on informality, governance, and development in the postindependence period. Recent studies attempt to theorize the sub‐Saharan city on its own terms based on the lived experiences of the people inhabiting the cities here.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies
EditorsAnthony M. Orum
Publication date7 Aug 2019
ISBN (Print)9781118568453
ISBN (Electronic)9781118568446
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2019

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