African Urban Economies

Viability, Vitality or Vitiation?

  • Deborah Fahy Bryceson
  • Deborah Potts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

  3. City Economies in the Making

  4. Urban Livelihoods and Social Dynamics

  5. Urban Welfare, Housing and Infrastructure

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 341-353

About this book


Are Africa's most populous and economically dominant cities a force to reckon with in the twenty-first century? This book analyzes the economies of East and Southern Africa's 'apex' cities, probing how they have altered structurally over time and their current sources of economic vitality and vulnerability at local, national and international levels. Case study chapters focusing on Johannesburg, Chitungwiza, Gaborone, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala and Mogadishu shed new light on contemporary African urban prospects and problems.


development growth migration research

Editors and affiliations

  • Deborah Fahy Bryceson
    • 1
  • Deborah Potts
    • 2
  1. 1.African Studies Centre, Oxford UniversityUK
  2. 2.King’s College LondonUK

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