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Our America (Paperback): LeAlan Jones Our America (Paperback)
LeAlan Jones
R288 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R71 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Through two award-winning National Public Radio documentaries, and now this powerful book, LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman have made it their mission to be loud voices from one of this country's darkest places, Chicago's Ida B. Wells housing project. Set against the stunning photographs of a talented young photographer from the projects, Our America evokes the unforgiving world of these two amazing young men, and their struggle to survive unrelenting tragedy. With a gift for clear-eyed journalism, they tell their own stories and others, including that of the death of Eric Morse, a five-year-old who was dropped to his death from the fourteenth floor of an Ida B. Wells apartment building by two other little boys.

Sometimes funny, often painful, but always charged with their dream of Our America, LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman reach out to grab your attention and break your heart.

The End of Aspiration? - Social Mobility and Our Children's Fading Prospects (Paperback): Duncan Exley The End of Aspiration? - Social Mobility and Our Children's Fading Prospects (Paperback)
Duncan Exley
R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Why is it getting harder to secure a job that matches our qualifications, buy a home of our own and achieve financial stability? Underprivileged people have always faced barriers, but people from middle-income families are increasingly more likely to slide down the social scale than climb up. Duncan Exley, former Director of the Equality Trust, draws on expert research and real life experiences - including from an actor, a politician, a billionaire entrepreneur and a surgeon - to issue a wake-up call to break through segregated opportunity. He offers a manifesto to reboot our prospects and benefit all.

Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017): Sarah Campbell, Dinah Morely, Roger Catchpole Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017)
Sarah Campbell, Dinah Morely, Roger Catchpole
R584 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R43 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this thought-provoking text, a collection of respected authors with a wealth of academic and practice experience come together to challenge some of the prevailing ideas serving as the foundation for the current child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) structure. Providing a fresh new perspective on critical issues and seeking to stimulate reflection and debate; from managers and commissioners to newly qualified practitioners and students, this book will both challenge and energise readers, spurring them on to reconsider some of the pressing CAMH issues of our time.

Fearless Cities - A Guide to the Global Municipalist Movement (Paperback): Kate Shea Baird, Marta Junque Fearless Cities - A Guide to the Global Municipalist Movement (Paperback)
Kate Shea Baird, Marta Junque; Compiled by Barcelona En Comu; Introduction by Debbie Bookchin; Epilogue by Ada Colau
R236 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R54 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In a world in which fear and insecurity are being twisted into hate, and inequalities, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise, a renewed municipalist movement is standing up to defend human rights, radical democracy and the common good. In 2015 in Spain, housing rights activist Ada Colau was elected mayor of Barcelona, and movements from the squares won local elections across the country on manifestos pledging to tackle corruption and radicalize democracy. In the United States, cities are on the front line of resistance to Trump, standing up for diversity, women's and LGBTI rights, and working to tackle climate change. In Turkey and Syria, Kurdish democratic confederalism is a beacon of participatory democracy, feminism and human rights in a sea of violence and discrimination. In Latin America, new municipalist movements are springing up and working to fight poverty and inequality by building economic alternatives from below. It includes: The theoretical underpinnings of municipalism, including the politics of proximity and the movement's role in feminizing politics and stopping the far right. Examples of real radical policies being implemented in town and cities across the world to guarantee the right to housing, remunicipalize basic services and democratize decision-making. Practical organizing strategies and tools from municipalist platforms, from how to draw up a participatory manifesto to how to crowdsource funding or hold a neighbourhood assembly. Profiles of 50 pioneering municipalist platforms from around the world.

Handbook of Cities and the Environment (Hardcover): Kevin Archer, Kris Bezdecny Handbook of Cities and the Environment (Hardcover)
Kevin Archer, Kris Bezdecny
R3,620 Discovery Miles 36 200 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

With an ever-growing majority of the world's human population living in city spaces, the relationship between cities and nature will be one of the key environmental issues of the twenty-first Century. This timely book investigates how the rapidly growing number of city dwellers across the globe relate to their natural environments and what this means for the future of these environments. Offering an interdisciplinary approach to the impacts of urban spaces on the future of the environment, the book is a full-scale attempt to radically rethink the relationship between cities and nature. The editors bring together a diverse set of well-known authors and new voices to explore the various aspects of this relationship both theoretically and empirically. Rather than considering cities as wholly separate from nature, a running theme throughout the book is that cities, and city dwellers, should be characterized as intrinsic in the creation of specifically urban-generated `socio-natures'. An essential resource for those working at the intersection of cities and the environment, it will be of great value to urbanists, geographers, planners, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, policy-makers, public administrators and environmental scientists.

Cities as Political Objects - Historical Evolution, Analytical Categorisations and Institutional Challenges of... Cities as Political Objects - Historical Evolution, Analytical Categorisations and Institutional Challenges of Metropolitanisation (Hardcover)
Alistair Cole, Renaud Payre
R2,424 Discovery Miles 24 240 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Focusing on the city's role as the nexus for new forms of relationships between politics, economics and society, this fascinating book views the city as a political phenomena. Its chapters unravel the city's plural histories, contested political, legal and administrative boundaries, and its policy-making capacity in the context of multi-level and market pressures. Accommodating numerous approaches drawn from a variety of European countries and metropolitan settings, contributors make extensive use of case studies in order to both interpret the variety of processes of metropolitanisation at work over the past few decades and provide insight into the various conceptual and theoretical approaches that the social sciences - and the political sciences in particular - have adopted to explain this phenomenon. This book both studies cities that have developed their own forms of governance, with tailored institutions, a large policy-making capability and sometimes a new democratic legitimacy, yet also offers an alternative understanding of cities as objects of public policy; the intended targets of the development of European-level or national urban policies. Students of comparative politics, urban studies and European studies will welcome the mix of conceptual, comparative and case study based approaches that this book encompasses. Practitioners will also benefit from the chance to avail themselves of cutting edge research.

Bourgeois Utopias - The Rise And Fall Of Suburbia (Paperback): Robert Fishman Bourgeois Utopias - The Rise And Fall Of Suburbia (Paperback)
Robert Fishman
R345 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R58 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A noted urban historian traces the story of the suburb from its origins in nineteenth-century London to its twentieth-century demise in decentralized cities like Los Angeles.

Substance Use and Older People (Hardcover): Ilana B. Crome, Li-Tzy Wu, Rahul Rao, Peter Crome Substance Use and Older People (Hardcover)
Ilana B. Crome, Li-Tzy Wu, Rahul Rao, Peter Crome
R1,557 R1,198 Discovery Miles 11 980 Save R359 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Substance use and addiction is an increasing problem amongst older people. The identification of this problem is often more difficult in older patients and is frequently missed, particularly in the primary care context and in emergency departments, but also in a range of medical and psychiatric specialties. Substance Use and Older People shows how to recognise and treat substance problems in older patients. However, it goes well beyond assessment and diagnosis by incorporating up-to-date evidence on the management of those older people who are presenting with chronic complex disorders, which result from the problematic use of alcohol, inappropriate prescribed or over the counter medications, tobacco, or other drugs. It also examines a variety of biological and psychosocial approaches to the understanding of these issues in the older population and offers recommendations for policy. Substance Use and Older People is a valuable resource for geriatricians, old age psychiatrists, addiction psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and gerontologists as well as policy makers, researchers, and educators. It is also relevant for residents and fellows training in geriatrics or geri-psychiatry, general practitioners and nursing home physicians.

City Unseen - New Visions of an Urban Planet (Hardcover): Karen C. Seto, Meredith Reba City Unseen - New Visions of an Urban Planet (Hardcover)
Karen C. Seto, Meredith Reba; Foreword by Kathryn D. Sullivan
R686 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Save R174 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Stunning satellite images of one hundred cities show our urbanizing planet in a new light to reveal the fragile relationship between humanity and Earth Seeing cities around the globe in their larger environmental contexts, we begin to understand how the world shapes urban landscapes and how urban landscapes shape the world. Authors Karen Seto and Meredith Reba provide these revealing views to enhance readers' understanding of the shape, growth, and life of urban settlements of all sizes--from the remote town of Namche Bazaar in Nepal to the vast metropolitan prefecture of Tokyo, Japan. Using satellite data, the authors show urban landscapes in new perspectives. The book's beautiful and surprising images pull back the veil on familiar scenes to highlight the growth of cities over time, the symbiosis between urban form and natural landscapes, and the vulnerabilities of cities to the effects of climate change. We see the growth of Las Vegas and Lagos, the importance of rivers to both connecting and dividing cities like Seoul and London, and the vulnerability of Fukushima and San Juan to floods from tsunami or hurricanes. The result is a compelling book that shows cities' relationships with geography, food, and society.

Transitional Settlement, Displaced Populations (Paperback, Revised ed): Tom Corsellis, Antonella Vitale Transitional Settlement, Displaced Populations (Paperback, Revised ed)
Tom Corsellis, Antonella Vitale
R584 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R39 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It is often the national or regional coordinators of organisations who make decisions about whether to support the building of a refugee camp or to support refugees living with host families. Technical specialists, such as physical planners, are not always available until later on in the emergency. Compared with other sectors of response, there has been very little guidance to support coordinators and specialists in making these decisions. These guidelines, developed by Shelterproject.org at the University of Cambridge, will support coordinators and specialists in responding to transitional settlement and shelter needs of displaced populations and their hosts, improving appropriateness, quality, and sustainability. They will include best-practice strategic, programme, and project planning tools, in addition to a reference section. The book is accompanied by a free searchable CD-ROM, making this a flexible, portable, and accessible tool for fieldworkers. It will also be useful for planners and managers in Humanitarian programmes, especially those involved with shelter/protection, and also for students involved in planning, architecture and development studies courses; policy and research people in NGOs and government.

Marketing Rural Tourism - Experience and Enterprise (Hardcover): Gunjan Saxena Marketing Rural Tourism - Experience and Enterprise (Hardcover)
Gunjan Saxena
R1,823 Discovery Miles 18 230 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Rural tourism marketing is a subject that remains significantly under-researched. Gunjan Saxena seeks to encourage a fuller understanding of rural tourism marketing by uncovering the lived experiences and enterprise of different actor groups as they respond to the impact of tourism on their communities and cultural identities. Marketing Rural Tourism presents actor narratives to reveal nuances inherent in their practices and perceptions as they develop, support or oppose tourism in their locality. By focusing on actors' experience and enterprise involved in the ongoing production, consumption and marketing of rural landscapes for tourism, this book enables an insight into varied storylines that underlie the processes of place-making. Academics in the area of marketing and tourism, as well as development studies, will appreciate the contribution this book will make to the wider marketing discourse that circulates about rural destinations. The book will also be a valuable resource to undergraduate students looking to incorporate fresh conceptual insights into their projects, as well as postgraduate students looking to apply newer approaches to conceptualising tourism or place marketing.

Gender and Aging in Mesopotamia - The Gilgamesh Epic and Other Ancient Literature (Hardcover): Rivkah Harris Gender and Aging in Mesopotamia - The Gilgamesh Epic and Other Ancient Literature (Hardcover)
Rivkah Harris
R608 Discovery Miles 6 080 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Rivkah Harris's cross-cultural and multidisciplinary approach breaks new ground in assessing Mesopotamian attitudes toward youth and mature adulthood, aging and the elderly, generational conflict, gender differences in aging, relationships between men and women, women's contributions to cultural activities, and the "ideal woman."

To uncover Mesopotamian perspectives, Harris combed through primary sources - including literature and myth, letters, economic and legal texts, and visual materials. Even such pivotal cultural influences as the Gilgamesh Epic and Enuma Elish are reinterpreted in an original manner.

The Healthy Aging Brain - Sustaining Attachment, Attaining Wisdom (Hardcover, New): Louis Cozolino The Healthy Aging Brain - Sustaining Attachment, Attaining Wisdom (Hardcover, New)
Louis Cozolino
R535 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R73 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

What would you do if you could live to 122, like the Frenchwoman Madame Calment, whose life span is the oldest ever recorded? What if you could do so and stave off dementia, Alzheimer s, and other common ailments of aging? What would happen if we stopped thinking of ourselves as aging and in decline, and instead started thinking of ourselves as chronologically advantaged? More effective than age-defying creams and anti-aging pills is a concrete understanding of how our bodies and our brains age, and what we can do to work with this natural process to make life as long and as fulfilling as possible. This is just what The Healthy Aging Brain offers. Here, expert psychologist and veteran therapist Louis Cozolino reveals that groundbreaking brain research proves that our brains continue to grow and change throughout our lives. He offers a neuroscientifically-based account of just how our brains age and evolve over time. In short, Cozolino says, our individual health and longevity are inextricably linked to those around us. How we age is grounded in our human relationships."

Children of the Camp - The Lives of Somali Youth Raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya (Hardcover): Catherine-Lune Grayson Children of the Camp - The Lives of Somali Youth Raised in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya (Hardcover)
Catherine-Lune Grayson
R2,062 Discovery Miles 20 620 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Chronic violence has characterized Somalia for over two decades, forcing nearly two million people to flee. A significant number have settled in camps in neighboring countries, where children were born and raised. Based on in-depth fieldwork, this book explores the experience of Somalis who grew up in Kakuma refugee camp, in Kenya, and are now young adults. This original study carefully considers how young people perceive their living environment and how growing up in exile structures their view of the past and their country of origin, and the future and its possibilities.

The Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees a Series of Essays (Paperback): Brian Price The Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees a Series of Essays (Paperback)
Brian Price
R471 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R96 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The New Localism - How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism (Hardcover): Bruce Katz, Jeremy Nowak The New Localism - How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism (Hardcover)
Bruce Katz, Jeremy Nowak
R488 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R123 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Finding local solutions when the nation cannot, or will not. With the rise of the politics of populism in the United States and much of Europe, how can openness and diversity survive? The answer, according to urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, lies within communities around the country that have been creating their own solutions to the problems of modern postindustrial societies. While the United States has struggled unsuccessfully, as a nation, with such systemic problems as decaying infrastructure and rising income inequality, cities in both ""red"" and ""blue"" states have found their own innovative solutions. Even amid the angry populism of the 2016 election, for example, voters in Columbus, Los Angeles, and Seattle alone approved $180 billion in additional local taxes to spur ambitious transit and more sustainable patterns of development. Solving problems at the local level is not only more practical than wishing for national solutions, it can produce better results through a more democratic process, the authors argue. When decisions are made closer to home, voters tend to become more engaged in the process and thus more invested in the outcome. And public resources can be marshaled more efficiently when they are aligned with local market demands. This book cites many positive examples of how cities across the United States have taken the lead in dealing creatively with their local problems--even while the national government too often was gripped in partisan gridlock. The authors call for a twenty-first century localism, one attuned to the needs of all citizens, which has the potential to be not just a reaction but also an antidote to the rise of populism and nationalism across the world.

Urban Strategies for Culture-Driven Growth - Co-Creating a European Capital of Culture (Hardcover): Nils Wahlin, Maria Kapsali,... Urban Strategies for Culture-Driven Growth - Co-Creating a European Capital of Culture (Hardcover)
Nils Wahlin, Maria Kapsali, Malin H. Nasholm, Tomas Blomquist
R1,819 Discovery Miles 18 190 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Over the past three decades, the European Capital of Culture has grown into one of the most ambitious cultural programs in the world. Through the promotion of cultural diversity across the continent, the program fosters mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue among citizens, thereby increasing their sense of belonging to a community. This insightful book outlines potential avenues through which culture and creativity can raise the imaginative capability of citizens and harness opportunities tied to what the book calls `culture-driven growth'. Building on three years of observations, interviews and research the authors argue that a `strategy-as-practice' perspective can reveal how strategy making is enabled or constrained by organizational and social practices. The authors reveal how the `sweet-spot' of city regeneration occurs where urban and cultural planning are aligned. They then evaluate the practice of `co-creation' within organizing bodies and investigate the extent to which its success depends on a fusion of top-down rules and bottom-up action. Urban Strategies for Culture-Driven Growth will appeal to international scholars and students in organization studies, geography, city governance and planning, urban design and urban and regional development. Policymakers and planners will also find it to be a valuable resource.

Of a Certain Age (Paperback, New edition): Naim Attallah Of a Certain Age (Paperback, New edition)
Naim Attallah
R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Shifting Horizons - Urban Space and Social Difference in Contemporary Brazilian Documentary and Photography (Paperback): Alice... Shifting Horizons - Urban Space and Social Difference in Contemporary Brazilian Documentary and Photography (Paperback)
Alice Louisa Allen
R461 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R27 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Drawing on the challenges of urban expansion and increasing population density facing contemporary Brazil, Shifting Horizons is an interdisciplinary investigation of the treatment of social difference in documentary film and photography and its potential to effect social and political change. * Explores the Brazilian documentary tradition of conscientizacao, alongside new movements such as inclusao visual, introducing the voices of a range of innovative and highly contemporary artists, filmmakers, and cultural commentators * Discusses traditionally marginalized urban spaces using the concepts of inequality, segregation, integration, and relationality * Bridges the domains of film and photography and brings greater awareness to Brazilian cultural output * Highlights new ways in which today s social documentary practice and production can inspire social and cultural transformation, in Brazil and around the world

Consumption, Media And The Global South - Aspiration Contested (Paperback): Mehita Iqani Consumption, Media And The Global South - Aspiration Contested (Paperback)
Mehita Iqani
R310 R82 Discovery Miles 820 Save R228 (74%) In stock

What does consumption in the global south signify, and how are its complexities communicated in media discourses? Consumption, Media and the Global South presents original research examining key themes in the ways in which consumption in the global south - by elites, the middle classes, and the poor - is discursively constructed in media texts. With the global triumph of capitalist economies and neoliberal values, consumption is increasingly viewed by populations in the global south as both a right to which they are denied access, and once accessed as evidence of an improved life. The ways in which this debate plays out on the stage of the media is an important element of the picture. This book looks at the media representation of consumer culture in Africa, China, Brazil and India through case studies ranging from celebrity selfies, to travel websites, news reports and documentary film.

Settlements at the Edge - Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations (Hardcover): Andrew Taylor, Dean Bradley Carson,... Settlements at the Edge - Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations (Hardcover)
Andrew Taylor, Dean Bradley Carson, Prescott C. Ensign, Lee Huskey, Rasmus Ole Rasmussen, …
R3,028 Discovery Miles 30 280 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Settlements at the Edge examines the evolution, characteristics, functions and shifting economic basis of settlements in sparsely populated areas of developed nations. With a focus on demographic change, the book features theoretical and applied cases which explore the interface between demography, economy, well-being and the environment. This book offers a comprehensive and insightful knowledge base for understanding the role of population in shaping the development and histories of northern sparsely populated areas of developed nations including Alaska (USA), Australia, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland and other nations with territories within the Arctic Circle. In the past, many remote settlements were important bases for opening up vast areas for resource extraction, working as strategic centres and as national representations of the conquering of frontiers. With increased contemporary interest from governments, policy makers, multinational companies and other stakeholders, this book explores the importance of understanding relationships between settlement populations and the economy at the local level. It features international and expert contributors who present insightful case studies on the role of human geography - primarily population issues - in shaping the past, present and future of settlements in remote areas. They also provide analysis of opportunities and challenges for northern settlements and the effects of climate change, resource futures and tourism. A chapter on the issues of populating future space settlements highlights that many issues for settlement change and functions in isolated and remote spatial realms are universal. This book will appeal to those interested in the past, present and future importance of settlements `at the edge' of developed nations as well as to those working in policy and programme contexts. College students enrolled in courses such as demography, population studies, human studies, regional development, social policy and/or economics will find value in this book as well.

Before the Revolution - Nationalism and Social Change and Ireland's Catholic Elite, 1879-1922 (Paperback): Senia Paseta Before the Revolution - Nationalism and Social Change and Ireland's Catholic Elite, 1879-1922 (Paperback)
Senia Paseta
R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Although much has been written about the impact of developing separatist thought on early twentieth century Irish politics, little is known about Ireland's last Home Rule generation whose expectations were shattered by the revolutionary events of 1916-22. Before the Revolution seeks to redress this imbalance by looking at the influence of education, employment, constitutional politics and wider political associations on the evolution of a new Catholic elite. Gender and class are two important focuses of the study. The experience of employment, membership of political and cultural associations, and the pursuit of entertainment are used to describe the development of this new stratum of modern Irish society.This book explores the developing influence of Catholic intellectuals - both men and women - in Irish politics during the era before the First World War and the Easter Rising, using the prism of the Irish university question and the development of secondary schools. By profiling a cross-section of representative groups and associations, Paseta challenges the accepted view that Gaelicist rhetoric and 'advanced' nationalist politics predominated among politically-minded students.This study also chronicles - for the first time - the development of self-consciously Catholic organisations in response to the pervasive idea that the professions actively discriminated against the majority religion

The Samurai - A Military History (Paperback, New Ed): Stephen Turnbull The Samurai - A Military History (Paperback, New Ed)
Stephen Turnbull
R945 Discovery Miles 9 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

First published in 1977, "The Samurai - A Military History" is regarded as a standard work of reference, but out of print in recent years. Now reissued, it serves as one of the most authoritative works on samurai life and warfare published outside Japan. Set against the background of Japan's social and political history, the book records the rise and rise of Japan's extraordinary warrior class from earliest times to the culmination of their culture, prowess and skills as manifested in the last great battle they were ever to fight - that of Osaka Castle in 1615.

The Sum of Small Things - A Theory of the Aspirational Class (Paperback): Elizabeth Currid-Halkett The Sum of Small Things - A Theory of the Aspirational Class (Paperback)
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
R341 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R79 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In today's world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite. Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, these individuals earnestly buy organic, carry canvas tote bags, and breast-feed their babies. They care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption--like eating free-range chicken and heirloom tomatoes, wearing organic cotton shirts and TOMS shoes, and listening to the latest podcast. They use their purchasing power to hire nannies and housekeepers, to cultivate their children's growth, and to practice yoga and Pilates. In The Sum of Small Things, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett dubs this new elite "the aspirational class" and discusses how, through deft decisions about education, health, parenting, and retirement, they reproduce wealth and upward mobility, deepening the ever-wider class divide. With a rich narrative and extensive interviews and research, The Sum of Small Things illustrates how cultural capital leads to lifestyle shifts and examines what these changes will mean for everyone.

State of Slum - Precarity and Informal Governance at the Margins in Accra (Hardcover): Paul Stacey State of Slum - Precarity and Informal Governance at the Margins in Accra (Hardcover)
Paul Stacey
R1,393 Discovery Miles 13 930 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Home to eighty thousand people, Accra's Old Fadama neighbourhood is the largest illegal slum in Ghana. Though almost all its inhabitants are Ghanaian born, their status as illegal `squatters' means that they live a precarious existence, marginalised within Ghanaian society and denied many of the rights to which they are entitled as citizens. The case of Old Fadama is far from unique. Across Africa, over half the population now lives in cities, and a lack of affordable housing means that growing numbers live in similar illegal slum communities, often in appalling conditions. Drawing on rich, ethnographic fieldwork, the book takes as its point of departure the narratives that emerge from the everyday lives and struggles of these people, using the perspective offered by Old Fadama as a means of identifying wider trends and dynamics across African slums. Central to Stacey's argument is the idea that such slums possess their own structures of governance, grounded in processes of negotiation between slum residents and external actors. In the process, Stacey transforms our understanding not only of slums, but of governance itself, moving us beyond prevailing state-centric approaches to consider how even a society's most marginal members can play a key role in shaping and contesting state power.

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