Publications: Books

Rapid Urbanisation, Urban Food Deserts and Food Security in Africa

Jonathan Crush and Jane Battersby (eds.)

2016, Switzerland: Springer. This book investigates food security and the implications of hyper-urbanisation and rapid growth of urban populations in Africa. By means of a series of case studies involving African cities of various sizes, it argues that, while the concept of food security holds value, it needs to be reconfigured to fit the everyday…

Nourishing Communities: Policy and Practice

Alison Blay-Palmer, L. Knezevic, C. Levkoe, P. Mount and E. Nelson (eds.)

2016, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty

Marc Edelman, James C. Scott, Amita Baviskar, Saturnino M. Borras, Deniz Kandiyoti, Eric Holt-Giménez, Tony Weis and Wendy Wolford

2015, London and New York: Routledge This volume is a pioneering contribution to the study of food politics and critical agrarian studies, where food sovereignty has emerged as a pivotal concept over the past few decades, with a wide variety of social movements, on-the-ground experiments, and policy innovations flying under its broad banner. Despite its…

Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa

Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner (eds.)

2015, Ottawa: IDRC. Mean Streets, edited by ACC partners Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner, demonstrates powerfully that some of the most resourceful entrepreneurs in the South African informal economy are migrants and refugees. Yet far from being lauded, they take their life into their hands when they trade on South Africa’s “mean streets”.…

A Routledge Handbook of Cities of the South

Susan Parnell and Sophie Oldfield (eds.)

2014, London: Routledge. The Handbook works towards a geographical realignment in urban studies, bringing into conversation a wide array of cities across the global south – the ‘ordinary’, ‘mega’, ‘global’ and ‘peripheral’. With interdisciplinary contributions from a range of leading international experts, it profiles an emergent and geographically diverse body of work. The contributions draw…

Africa’s Urban Revolution

Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse (eds.)

2014, London: Zed Press. The facts of Africa’s rapid urbanisation are startling. By 2030 African cities will have grown by more than 350 million people and over half the continent’s population will be urban. Yet in the minds of policy makers, scholars and much of the general public, Africa remains a quintessentially rural place. This…

African Cities Reader III: Land, Value and Property

Ntone Edjabe and Edgar Pieterse

2011. Cape Town: Chimurenga Press & African Centre for Cities. The African Cities Reader is a biennial publication that brings together contributors from across Africa and the world to challenge the prevailing depiction of urban life on the continent and redefine cityness, Africa-style. It is a joint creation of Chimurenga Magazine and the African Centre…