City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads

City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads

City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads

City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads

Synopsis

City Life from Jakarta to Dakar focuses on the politics incumbent to this process - an "anticipatory politics" - that encompasses a wide range of practices, calculations and economies. As such, the book is not a collection of case studies on a specific theme, not a review of developmental problems, nor does it marshal the focal cities as evidence of particular urban trends. Rather, it examines how possibilities, perhaps inherent in these cities all along, are materialized through the everyday projects of residents situated in the city and the larger world in very different ways.

Excerpt

This is a time of cities. More precisely, cities have preoccupied people from many walks of life for a long time. But particularly now, there is a sense that cities have attained new capacities and challenges that require multiple ways of talking about and engaging them that do not always seem to easily fit together. After all, to live in one city today means living in many, as any individual city folds in and stretches itself across urban experiences, information, and economies throughout the world.

So the realities of Lagos, Jakarta, São Paolo, or Cairo—to name just a few of the largest cities of the so-called Global South—are not distant from the critical events and processes that affect the lives of urban residents in other parts of the world. the histories of settlement and administration, as well as the mechanisms and practices at work in shaping the everyday experiences of residents, may be different from those in New York, Omaha, or Leipzig—as individual cities everywhere have their singular dynamics, and cities of the South their own problematic and long-term connections with Europe and North America, as well as with each other. But these differences are not simply matters of various development stages or technological progress. They don’t simply tell us about essential ingredients that cities either possess or lack.

Rather, these differences broaden our understandings about . . .

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