The Elusive Metropolis

Author: Sarah Nuttall,Achille Mbembe

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822381214

Category: Social Science

Page: 407

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Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis is a pioneering effort to insert South Africa’s largest city into urban theory, on its own terms. Johannesburg is Africa’s premier metropolis. Yet theories of urbanization have cast it as an emblem of irresolvable crisis, the spatial embodiment of unequal economic relations and segregationist policies, and a city that responds to but does not contribute to modernity on the global scale. Complicating and contesting such characterizations, the contributors to this collection reassess classic theories of metropolitan modernity as they explore the experience of “city-ness” and urban life in post-apartheid South Africa. They portray Johannesburg as a polycentric and international city with a hybrid history that continually permeates the present. Turning its back on rigid rationalities of planning and racial separation, Johannesburg has become a place of intermingling and improvisation, a city that is fast developing its own brand of cosmopolitan culture. The volume’s essays include an investigation of representation and self-stylization in the city, an ethnographic examination of friction zones and practices of social reproduction in inner-city Johannesburg, and a discussion of the economic and literary relationship between Johannesburg and Maputo, Mozambique’s capital. One contributor considers how Johannesburg’s cosmopolitan sociability enabled the anticolonial projects of Mohandas Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. Journalists, artists, architects, writers, and scholars bring contemporary Johannesburg to life in ten short pieces, including reflections on music and megamalls, nightlife, built spaces, and life for foreigners in the city. Contributors: Arjun Appadurai, Carol A. Breckenridge, Lindsay Bremner, David Bunn, Fred de Vries, Nsizwa Dlamini, Mark Gevisser, Stefan Helgesson, Julia Hornberger, Jonathan Hyslop, Grace Khunou, Frédéric Le Marcis, Xavier Livermon, John Matshikiza, Achille Mbembe, Robert Muponde, Sarah Nuttall, Tom Odhiambo, Achal Prabhala, AbdouMaliq Simone


One City, Colliding Worlds

Author: Lindsay Bremner

Publisher: Ste Pub


Category: History

Page: 157

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This intriguing study frames a view of the rapidly transforming city of Johannesburg and explores the new identities, bonds, and intimacies forming in the midst of, or in between, the new rigidities and spatial enclosures of the emerging city.


The Bradt City Guide

Author: Lizzie Williams

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 9781841621760

Category: Travel

Page: 244

View: 9418


In the past year Johannesburg has made enormous strides in creating a safe, dynamic city which has won two awards from the British Guild of Travel Writers. This pocket-sized guide will give confidence to business and holiday travellers wanting to make the most of a visit to the major sites as well as Johannesburg's other attractions, including excellent museums telling the story of South Africa's turbulent history, markets which sell cheeses and Cape wineland produce, art galleries showcasing local painting as well as bohemian cafés which personify the "Rainbow Nation".

Emerging Johannesburg

Author: Richard Tomlinson,Robert Beauregard,Lindsay Bremmer,Xolela Mangcu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317794249

Category: Science

Page: 240

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Johannesburg is most often compared with Sao Paulo and Los Angeles and sometimes even with Budapest, Calcutta and Jerusalem. Johannesburg reflects and informs conditions in cities around the world. As might be expected from such comparisons, South Africa's political transformation has not led to redistribution and inclusive social change in Johannesburg. In Emerging Johannesburg the contributors describe the city's transition from a post apartheid city to one with all too familiar issues such as urban/suburban divide in the city and its relationship to poverty and socio-political power, local politics and governance, crime and violence, and, especially for a city located in Southern Africa, the devastating impact of AIDS.

Johannesburg Portraits

From Lionel Phillips to Sibongile Khumalo

Author: Mike Alfred

Publisher: Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781919931333

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 131

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Tells the story of Johannesburg's geography; its economic, political, and social history; and its vibrant personality through the lives of prominent Johannesburg citizens.

An Insider's Guide to Johannesburg

Author: John Ostrowick

Publisher: John Ostrowick

ISBN: 1445749963

Category: Travel

Page: 140

View: 5639


Johannesburg is severely underrated as a tourist destination. This could be because it has no beaches, no snow-capped mountains, and no ancient buildings. But Johannesburg has something else - it is a cultural and industrial centre, with an enormous array of entertainment events running day and night. Johannesburg is also the scene of the fall of the abominable Apartheid system. So Johannesburg is not only a cultural centre, but it is also politically one of the most significant cities in Africa, and the most economically powerful. Furthermore, the human race evolved in the Johannesburg area. So there are many reasons to visit. This book gives an introduction to South Africa and Johannesburg in particular. It covers all the things to see and visit in Johannesburg and its surrounds. It provides addresses, phone numbers and GPS coordinates of each tourist attraction, so that you can find them easily.


Author: Fiona Melrose

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472152859

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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6 December 2013. It is a searing hot day in Johannesburg. Gin has returned to the city of her birth to throw a party for her mother's eightieth birthday. She is determined, with lists and meals and flower arrangements, to show that she has become a fully capable woman. She knows, deep down, her mother will only ever see a lost cause. Meanwhile outside, crowds of citizens and the world's media have gathered to hear the expected announcement: Nelson Mandela has died. Set across the course of a single momentous day and narrated by a chorus of voices, Fiona Melrose's second novel is a hymn to an extraordinary city and its people, an ambitious homage to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on mothers and daughters, justice and love. 'Beautifully observed' Mail on Sunday 'Woolf produced blooms that are impossible to emulate. Johannesburg provides evidence of a novelist who can grow inimitable flowers herself' Spectator