Shallow Solidarities: Space and Socialities of Accommodation and Exclusion in Nairobi and Johannesburg

  • Loren B. Landau
  • Iriann Freemantle
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


In Rongai, Kenya and Katlehong, South Africa, two mobile, peri-urban areas, socialities are being shaped by a usufruct ethics: a means of establishing communal logics and rights to space aimed at achieving protection and benefit without communal membership or community cohesion. The resulting modes of mutual accommodation are consequently shaped by spatial circumstance and pragmatic concerns rather than claims for ownership, representation, or cultural hegemony. These findings speak to a growing, global trend in which forms of membership are being locally negotiated in the thrown together spaces characterising cities of the South. Beyond understanding such local dynamics, they give cause to question the spatial scale at which we locate integration and the very ethics and desired ‘outcomes’ scholars often presume ought to underlie diverse societies.


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  • Loren B. Landau
    • 1
  • Iriann Freemantle
    • 1
  1. 1.African Centre for Migration & SocietyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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