Reading List

This is a constantly growing list of books, articles, and other pieces that I am reading that is shaping the way I think about African cities: 

Decoloniality / Postcoloniality / Southern Theory

Raewyn Connell (2007) Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science. Polity Press. 

Arturo Escobar (2007). Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise. Cultural Studies 21 (2), 179-210.

Arturo Escobar (2016). Thinking-feeling with the Earth: Territorial Struggles and the Ontological Dimension of the Epistemologies of the South. AIBR Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 11(1): 11-32.

Achille Mbembe (2003). Necropolitics.

Frantz Fanon (1993[1952]). Black Skin, White Masks. London: Pluto Press. 

Frantz Fanon (1965). The Wretched of the Earth.

Walter Mignolo (2007). Delinking. Cultural Studies 21(2-3), 449-514.

Walter Mignolo (2009). Epistemic Disobedience, Independent Thought and De-colonial Freedom. Theory, Culture & Society, 26 (7-8), 1-23.

Walter Mignolo (2011a). Epistemic Disobedience and the Decolonial Option: A Manifesto. Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 1 (2), 44-66.

Walter Mignolo (2011b). Geopolitics of Sensing and Knowing: On (De)Coloniality, Border Thinking, and Epistemic Disobedience

Walter Mignolo (2011c). The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2014). Epistemologies of the South: Justice against Epistemicide. London: Routledge.

Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2009). Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. London and New York: Zed Books.


Investigating African & Global South Urbanisms 

Garth Myers (2011). African Cities: Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice. London: Zed Books

AbdouMaliq Simone (2011). City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads. London: Routledge.

AbdouMaliq Simone (2004). For the City Yet to Come: Changing African Life in Four Cities. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

AbdouMaliq Simone, A. and Abdelghani Abouhani (2005). Urban Africa: Changing Contours of Survival in the City, Zed Books, London or Unisa Press, Pretoria.

Edgar Pieterse (2008). City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development, London: Zed and Cape Town: UCT Press

Edgar Pieterse and AbdouMaliq Simone (eds) (2013). Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities. Jacana Media & African Centre for Cities

Sue Parnell and Edgar Pieterse (eds.) (2014). Africa’s Urban Revolution, UCT Press, Cape Town

Jennifer Robinson (2006). Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity and Development. London, Routledge.


Black & Postcolonial Feminists

Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare (2013). Spatial Literacy: Contemporary Asante Women’s Place-making. New York: Palgrave Macmillian.

bell hooks (1989). Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness. Yearnings, Race, Gender and Cultural Politics.

Audre Lorde (1984). The Master’s Tools Will Not Dismantle The Master’s House.

Chandra Talpade Mohanty (1991). Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses, in Mohanty, C.T., Russo, A. and Torres, L. (eds) Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism. Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press.

Gayatri Spivak (1988). Can the Subaltern Speak? Basingstoke: Macmillan