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Urban Informality in South Africa and Zimbabwe

On Growth, Trajectory and Aftermath

Authors: Moyo, Inocent, Gumbo, Trynos

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  • Shares valuable insights on urban informality in South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • Represents an essential resource for activists and policymakers on Urban Governance and Development in South Africa and Zimbabwe
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This book adds to the research of urban informality in the Global South with a specific focus on South Africa and Zimbabwe. It addresses the agency and the potential transformative capacity of the phenomenon of urban informality in connection with Southern African cities and towns. It adopts a political economy approach to analyse the evolution of informality in cities and its implications for urban planning. It brings to bear how the South African and Zimbabwean historical and/or ideological and contemporary political and economic trajectories have impacted on the ever changing nature of urban informality, both spatially and structurally and/or compositionally; thus resulting in unique urban materialities, which are aspects that have scarcely been studied or discussed in the extant literature.  This book, therefore, seeks to close the academic gap by dealing with the dearth of literature on spatial (re)locational discourses of urban informality.


The work positions urban informality as a resilient force with potency in terms of political mobilisation and (re) shaping urban spaces. Though these are fundamental issues, they have received comparatively little attention, especially in literature that focuses on the Southern African region. Accordingly, undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as academics in the fields of Urban Geography, Political Science, Development Studies, Sociology, Town and Regional Planning among others, will find the range of topics and depth of coverage in this book particularly valuable. Similarly, practitioners and activists on issues of urban informality and urban governance will find the book very useful.

About the authors

Dr. Inocent Moyo is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa. His researches borders, migration, development and regional integration, urban and cross border informal economies with a focus on Africa in general and the Southern Development Community, SADC, region specifically.
Prof. Trynos Gumbo is an Associate Professor and Head of the Town and Regional Planning Department at the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg. His research interests largely lie within the sustainable urban planning and development domain, where he specifically focuses on the application of geographic information systems and related technologies to provide novel insights on innovative urban transport systems, renewable energy, and informal urban economies and housing.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-65485-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 124,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Informality in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Book Subtitle
On Growth, Trajectory and Aftermath
Authors
Series Title
The Urban Book Series
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65485-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65485-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65484-9
Series ISSN
2365-757X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 168
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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