Africa: Geographies of Change

Paperback | July 29, 2014

byRichard Grant

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Population growth, business interests, and global connections are transforming Africa from a "lost" continent to one of "strategic opportunity" in the worldwide geopolitical sphere. A timely synthesis of current thinking on this diverse, complex, and changing region, Africa: Geographies ofChange offers students the most realistic portrait of modern Africa available. Integrating material on China in Africa, the mobile-phone revolution, the Millennium Development Goals, sustainable development, "land and water grabs," food security, informal livelihoods, the "Green Revolution," and new satellite cities, this text adopts a realistically optimistic narrative thatfocuses on Africa's burgeoning cities. By using case studies to highlight important topics, Africa: Geographies of Change incorporates new perspectives from urban studies, public health, political geography, and sustainable development in order to provide a more nuanced understanding of Africanissues.

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Population growth, business interests, and global connections are transforming Africa from a "lost" continent to one of "strategic opportunity" in the worldwide geopolitical sphere. A timely synthesis of current thinking on this diverse, complex, and changing region, Africa: Geographies ofChange offers students the most realistic portr...

Richard Grant is Professor of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami. He is also Adjunct Senior Research Scientist to the Earth Institute's Millennium Cities Initiative at Columbia University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionSetting the African StageThe Urban Revolution and Emerging Rural Revolution in AfricaThe Concept of "Africa"How to Write About Africa? sidebarThe "New Africa" Growth StoryUrbanization in Small Towns in East Africa sidebarAfrica as a Millennium Development FrontierUrbanization in Africa in ConsiderationConclusions2. Reframing and Rerepresenting African AffairsIntroductionRepresenting Africa: The Darkness Legacy"The Coming Anarchy" sidebarMoving from a World of Shadows into Splintering LightSocial Media: Africa Reporting, Blogging Africa, and Africa PodcastingAfricans' Revisioning of AfricaUnchaining AfricaEnding the Looting of AfricaPolitical LeadershipEnvironmentalism of the Poor and Sustainable DevelopmentEnding Aid?Civil SocietyAfrican Postcolonial UrbanistsConclusion3. Africa's EnvironmentsIntroductionThe Environment and International Development AgendasThe Diversity of African EnvironmentsAfrica's Rainfall and Climate ChangeAfrica's Mineral ResourcesThe Resource Curse or Cure? sidebarColtan sidebarEnvironments of Africa's FisheriesSomali Pirates: Responding to Africa's Fish Rush? sidebarHuman EnvironmentsUrban Environments and Ecological FootprintsConclusions4. The "Scramble for Africa" and the State of European Geographic Knowledge on the RegionIntroductionMary Kingsley (1862-1900) sidebarTimbuktu: Colonial Escapades and Unanswered QuestionsColonial MotivationsAfrica's Urban Past"Great Zimbabwe": An Urban History Almost Forgotten sidebarColonial LegaciesGeographies of EmpireThe Bungalow sidebarUrban Development and Planning the Colonial CityConclusions5. Rural AfricaIntroductionRural Development Themes and Policy Emphases: The Elusive Quest For Sustained DevelopmentThe Green RevolutionAfrica's Failed Green RevolutionAfrica's New Green RevolutionGenetically Modified (GM) CropsAfrican Millennium Villages sidebarRural Livelihoods: A Challenge to the Primacy of Small Farms?Pro-Poor Tourism Best Practices from Rural South Africa: Making African Game Parks Work for the Local Poor sidebarGender in Rural AfricaGirls in Rural Africa: Invisible Members of SocietyConclusion6. Africa's Mobile Phone Revolution: Informal Economy, Creativity and Informal SpacesIntroductionThe Last Forty Years of Informal Economy Evolution and Sophistication in AfricaMajor Informal Economy DebatesThe African Informal Economy on the GroundInternational Informal Economy Entanglements: E-Waste in Africa sidebarThe Diversity of Informal Workers, Soweto Township, South Africa sidebarDynamism, Creativity and InformalityMobile Phones: "The New Talking Drums" of Everyday AfricaUshahidi: Built in Africa for the WorldDesigning Sustainable Prototypes for Africa's InformalsCommunity-Led Enumerations and Mapping: Counting Lives and Building Community in Kibera, Kenya sidebarSlum Tourism and Shack Chic: Are They Good Ideas? sidebarConclusions7. MigrationIntroductionAfrican Athletes and Global Sports Recruitment sidebarColonial Policies and MigrationCircular MigrationBurkina Faso: Circular Migration in Time and Space sidebarForced Migrants: Refugees and IDPsThe Johannesburg Hub: How Many Foreigners Are Present? sidebarMigrant Remittances to AfricaThe Hawala System of Transfer in the Horn of Africa sidebarTransnational Houses sidebarHuman Trafficking and Smuggling"Migrant Journeys in Pursuit of the South African Dream" sidebarOut of Africa: US and European MovementsConclusions8. WaterIntroductionAfrica's WaterWater and Sanitation: Colonialism to the PresentIndigenous Knowledge of Water sidebarWater Grabbing sidebarWater and PovertyTransboundary Water IssuesVirtual WaterWater Footprint of Cut Flowers in Kenya: What Is the True Cost? sidebarConclusions9. HealthIntroductionTechnology Bright Spots in Health Arenas sidebarAfrica's Disease BurdenAfrica's Health Data LacunaSickness and Health: The Colonial Legacies of Inherited Health SystemsThe Nexus of International Health Policy and National Health Policies, 1980-PresentHIV/AIDS: An Extraordinary African StruggleAIDS in Uganda: An Unfinished Success Story sidebarGlobal Health Funding Priorities, Emphases, and Omissions: Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Mental HealthMental Health in Africa sidebarUrban HealthTraditional Medicine and Healers sidebarConclusions10. Land and FoodIntroductionWhy Has Africa Become a Net Food Importing Region?Contemporary Agriculture in Africa: "The Great African Land Grab"?South Africans' Next "Great Trek" into Africa sidebarBenefits and Risks of Land InvestmentsGeographies of the FDI in African Agricultural LandsThe Fairtrade Debate sidebarEthical Wildflower Trade and Sustainability: Flower Valley, South AfricaArguments For and Against Large-Scale FDI in African Agricultural LandUrban AgricultureCape Town: The Paradox of Urban Food Insecurity in a Food-Secure Country sidebarConclusions11. Climate ChangeIntroductionEnvironmental Changes on Mount KilimanjaroClimate Impacts on AfricaThe Human Impacts of Climate ChangeAfrican Cities and Climate Change: An Urgent AgendaIs the Conflict in Darfur the World's First Climate Change War? sidebarGlobal Climate Stalemate and Funding Intransigence: African VoicesIndigenous Knowledge in Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies in the African Sahel sidebarConclusions12. China and AfricaIntroductionChina Returns to AfricaChinese Migration to AfricaChinese Entrepreneurs in Africa's Informal EconomiesThe African Diaspora in China: African Entrepreneurs in the "Dragon's Den"China's Infrastructure Investments to Africa: Building Bridges?"China's Stadium Diplomacy sidebarA Pathway to Economic Development: China's Special Economic Zone in Lekki, Nigeria sidebarChina and Zambia Relations sidebarConclusions13. African FuturesIntroductionWashington's Engagement with AfricaAfrica's Terrorism ThreatsPost-MDGs: Which Alternatives?Durable Strengths that Africa Can Draw On sidebarNew Urban FuturesEko-Atlantic (Nigeria) sidebarUrban SustainabilitySseesamirembe, Uganda: Sustainable Utopias Going Awry in a Global World sidebarEvidence of an Unsustainable WorldPost-MDGs: The Sustainable Development AgendaRethinking UrbanismLivable UrbanismConclusion