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Urban Environments in AfricaA Critical Analysis of Environmental Politics$
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Garth Myers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322917

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322917.001.0001

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Urban environments in Africa

Urban environments in Africa

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(p.1) Introduction Urban environments in Africa
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Urban Environments in Africa
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Garth Myers

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322917.003.0001

The Introduction lays out the geographical parameters and conceptual framework of the book. It contains an overview of the diversity and complexity of urban environments in Africa. It details what is meant by a situated, interactionist urban political ecology, reviewing the relevant literature. The review includes the work of political ecologists generally considered to work in ‘rural’ Africa as well, alongside an analysis of African environmental philosophy. It is argued that an interactionist, Africa-centered urban political ecology offers: an appreciation of the multi-vocality that surrounds urban-environmental conflicts; a valorization of the wide range of African voices in that multi-vocality; the vitality of an everyday environmentalism that foregrounds that multi-vocality; and a problematizing of the edges of the ‘urban’ in urban political ecology. The Introduction also summarizes the chapters which follow.

Keywords:   political ecology, interactionist urban, environmental philosophy, multi vocality

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