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by Sarah Nuttall,Achille Mbembe

  • ISBN: 082236610X
  • Category: Africa
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Sarah Nuttall,Achille Mbembe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (October 8, 2004)
  • Pages: 220
  • ePub book: 1350 kb
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This issue of Public Culture attempts to overturn perceptions that frame Africa as an object apart from the rest of the world

This issue of Public Culture attempts to overturn perceptions that frame Africa as an object apart from the rest of the world. By placing the city of Johannesburg-the preeminent metropolis of the African continent and a city facing a complicated legacy of racial strife and wealth accumulation-at the heart of new critical urban theory.

Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis (Public Culture (Durham, . 082236610X (ISBN13: 9780822366102).

Johannesburg is Africa's premier metropolis. Yet theories of urbanization have cast it as an emblem of irresolvable crisis, the spatial embodiment of unequal economic relations and segregationist policies, and a city that responds to but does not contribute to modernity on the global scale. Complicating and contesting such characterizations, the contributors to this collection reassess classic theories of metropolitan modernity as they explore the experience of "city-ness" and urban life in post-apartheid South Africa.

Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis is a pioneering effort to insert South Africa’s largest city into urban theory, on. .Johannesburg is Africa’s premier metropolis

Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis is a pioneering effort to insert South Africa’s largest city into urban theory, on its own terms. Johannesburg is Africa’s premier metropolis. Yet theories of urbanization have cast it as an emblem of irresolvable crisis, the spatial embodiment of unequal economic relations and segregationist policies, and a city that responds to but does not contribute to modernity on the global scale

Achille Mbembe lives in Cape Town, South Africa

Achille Mbembe lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of three books published in French, including "La naissance du maquis dans le Sud-Cameroun(1920-1960): Histoire des usages de la raison en colonie" (1996).

Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis. Sarah Nuttall, Achille Mbembe. Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis is a pioneering effort to insert South Africa’s largest city into urban theory, on its own terms.

Sarah Nuttall, Achille Mbembe. Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis is a pioneering effort to insert South Africa's largest city into urban theory, on its own terms. Johannesburg is Africa's premier metropolis. Yet theories of urbanization have cast it as an emblem of irresolvable crisis, the spatial embodiment of unequal economic relations and segregationist policies, and a city that responds to but does not contribute to modernity on the global scale

Keywords: Johannesburg, Elusive Metropolis, Sarah Nuttall, Achille Mbembe.

Keywords: Johannesburg, Elusive Metropolis, Sarah Nuttall, Achille Mbembe.

It has been argued that the complete conation of war and politics (and racism, homicide, and suicide), until they are indistinguishable from one another, is unique to the Nazi state.

Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall, eds. Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis. Duke University Press, 2009. Afterword by Arjun Appadurai and Carol A. Breckinridge. viii + 398 pp. Photographs.

This issue of Public Culture attempts to overturn perceptions that frame Africa as an object apart from the rest of the world. By placing the city of Johannesburg—the preeminent metropolis of the African continent and a city facing a complicated legacy of racial strife and wealth accumulation—at the heart of new critical urban theory, Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis broadens discussions of modernity, cosmopolitanism, and urban renewal to include Africa. The issue brings Johannesburg into direct dialogue with other world cities, creating a space for the interrogation and investigation of the metropolis in a properly global sense.

Contributors to this issue—a mix of scholars, urban planners, and artists, many of whom hail from South Africa—reveal Johannesburg to be a polycentric and international city that has developed its own cosmopolitan culture. In a detailed study of three streets in the modern precinct of Melrose Arch, one essay shows how the thoroughly commodified and marketed Johannesburg cityscape has shaped the cultural sensitivities, aesthetics, and urban subjectivities of its inhabitants, at times even overriding the historical memory of apartheid. Another essay, focusing on the emergence of a new urban culture, examines how the city itself becomes a crucial site for the remixing and reassembling of racial identities. By tracking the movement of people with AIDS to various locations in the city to seek relief and treatment, another essay reveals an urban geography very different from what is seen from the highways. Finally, through interviews and commentaries, journalists, artists, and architects of Johannesburg offer reflections on the geography and shifting culture of the city and its townships, on the complicated relationship between Johannesburg and other African cities, and on the search for an architectural style that adequately expresses the complexity of this cosmopolitan city.

Contributors. Lindsay Bremner, Nsizwa Dlamini, Mark Gevisser, Grace Khunou, Frédéric Le Marcis, John Matshikiza, Achille Mbembe, Sarah Nuttall, Rodney Place, AbdouMaliq Simone, Michael Watts