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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, politics, and policies

Urban environments, politics, and policies

(p.165) Conclusion Urban environments, politics, and policies
Urban Environments in Africa

Garth Myers

Policy Press

The book’s conclusion contemplates what an interactionist urban political ecology approach can offer in terms of activism, policy-making and everyday environmental politics. The chapter examines forms of interactionist urban political ecology in action, in Nairobi (Kibera Public Space Project) and Cape Town (CityLab at the African Centre for Cities) in particular, as samples of Edgar Pieterse’s ‘radical incrementalism’ – small, progressive and interactionist steps toward producing urban environments that are more just, equitable and sustainable, while in tune with African ideas of the urban. Given the emphasis in the book on ‘African ideas,’ the conclusion returns to the works of a set of African environmental philosophers who seek to find workable concepts for indigenous African re-imaginations of the environment, including the urban environment. The chapter ends with goals for what a critical analysis of environmental politics for Africa’s cities can offer to global urban political ecology and for African activists and policy-makers alike.

Keywords:   kibera space project, citylab, edgar pieterse, environmental philosophy, critical analysis, environmental politics

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