Migration, urbanization, and political power in Sub-Saharan Africa

Raleigh, Clionadh (2014) Migration, urbanization, and political power in Sub-Saharan Africa. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104 (2). pp. 253-261. ISSN 0004-5608

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African political geographies have been overlooked in the discussion of internal migration and urbanization. Yet institutional changes since the early 1990s altered the practices of acquiring and keeping power across Africa, and it is now possible to address how rural and urban areas have changed as a result. In this article, the focus is on how political practices interact with circular internal migration flows. “Democratic” practices depend on the manipulation of rural spatial clustering and migration, but modern political institutions effectively disenfranchise urban and migrant voters, resulting in the continued reproduction and exacerbation of spatial inequalities. Further, these are responsible for the poor conditions of urban areas, the proliferation of rural bias across states, and limited support for urban political identities and programmatic change.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 16:05
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 13:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66638

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