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dc.contributor.authorHabib, Abdul Alim
dc.contributor.otherQueen's University (Kingston, Ont.). Theses (Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.))en
dc.date2013-11-06 15:09:39.653en
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-06T21:57:18Z
dc.date.issued2013-11-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/8455
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D, Geography) -- Queen's University, 2013-11-06 15:09:39.653en
dc.description.abstractOver the last decade, and particularly the last five years, state officials in Ghana’s capital city, Accra, have intensified their resolve to ‘modernize’ the city and make it a competitive destination for global investments. In the same period, exercises by city authorities to remove or at least suppress practices of ordinary residents in the informal sector have become more frequent and intensified. Groups such as street hawkers, market women, and slum dwellers have become the main target of periodic ‘decongestion exercises’. In this dissertation I investigate how the policies and practices associated with the ‘globalizing’ and ‘modernizing’ ambition of the state intersect with the interests of the majority of urban residents whose everyday social and economic practices are concentrated in the informal sector, a sector deemed to be deleterious to the desired image for the city. I argue that contemporary city-making in Ghana is driven mainly by a combination of economic, nationalist and individual interests. In examining how cultural and social locations such as gender and ethnicity mediate the relationship between the state and residents, I demonstrate how contemporary forms of neoliberal urban governance shape, and are being shaped by, the unique historical, cultural and developmental dynamics of African cities.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjecturban informalityen_US
dc.subjecturban neoliberalismen_US
dc.subjectAccraen_US
dc.subjectgovernmentalityen_US
dc.subjectAfrican citiesen_US
dc.subjectrivanchimsen_US
dc.subjectethnicityen_US
dc.subjectcity modernizationen_US
dc.titleGLOBALIZING THE INFORMAL CITY: NEOLIBERALISM AND URBAN TRANSFORMATION IN ACCRA, GHANAen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.restricted-thesisI wish to produce a number of original journal articles from the dissertation. Releasing the entire thesis now is likely to undermine the potential to get the articles published.en
dc.description.degreePh.Den
dc.contributor.supervisorMullings, Beverleyen
dc.contributor.departmentGeographyen
dc.embargo.terms1825en
dc.embargo.liftdate2018-11-05


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