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Traditional Authorities in African Cities

Setting the Scene

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Ntombini Marrengane, Lindsay Sawyer, Daniel Tevera

25 June 2021

African Studies

English

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Journal article

Swaziland, South Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Botswana

This special issue on the role of traditional authorities in African cities highlights critical debates about governance and urban development in a fast-urbanising continent. The six articles in this issue focus on the following: (1) the roles of traditional authorities as custodians of the values of society; (2) the roles of traditional leaders as moral authorities; (3) the modern chieftaincy as an invention of the colonial state; (4) the ‘unrelenting co-optation and appropriation’ of traditional governance structures by the state; and (5) the stretching of pre-colonial narratives to justify the legitimacy of traditional leadership and its control of community resources. The special issue features contributions from Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Botswana and Eswatini, providing a rare comparison between cases from Southern and West Africa.

 

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Botswana

Built environment

Burkina Faso

Cities

Customary authority

Customary land rights

Customary law

Governance

Human settlements

Land

Land allocation

Land ownership

Law

Livelihoods

Policy

Poverty & inequality

Rights

Rural

Senegal

South Africa

Swaziland

Traditional authority

Tribal authority

Urban

Urban development

Urbanisation

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