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From the Editors

Change is afoot, but not for all

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Learning to be fearless

Urban studies involves the continuous search for the intersecting points between diagnosis, analysis, critique and proposition

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Lessons for America

What can Hartford , once America’s most prosperous city, learn from scholarship on cities in the global south?

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Shuffle & Repeat

Cairo protestors are hearing familiar grievances in old protest songs. Things endlessly repeat themselves, just differently

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Brazilians rediscover politics

Until June 2013, time seemed to be frozen in Brazil and the future, a mere copy of the unequal present. Transport price hikes changed that

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The great American home robbery

The practice of targeting of racial minorities for predatory home loans forms part of a long and under-reported history of discrimination in the USA

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People of the sky

In 2004 Guy Tillim moved into an apartment in central Johannesburg. Over the next five months he set about recording life in the city’s cramped high-rise apartments

Sean O'Toole

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The Baritone

Franco, the godfather of Congolese rumba, wrote the soundtrack to Africa’s early post-independence years. He skilfully negotiated change and tyranny in Zaire with guitar and song

Fred de Vries

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Cliches in the city

On films that confirm and challenge stereotypes about African cities

Tau Tavengwa

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Credibility is everything

In his first English-language interview, Togolese-Canadian novelist Edem Awumey talks about the many literatures that inform his exile-influenced writings

Sean O'Toole

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Lessons from somewhere

Ananya Roy’s scholarship on microfinance and poverty alleviation and global urbanism has earned her widespread acclaim. She talks to former student Gautam Bhan about fashioning a relational urban theory that is cognisant of the role of place

Ananya Roy & Gautam Bhan

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Little Lagos in China

West African traders flocked to Guangzhou in the late 1990s. For those who stayed, daily life is not just about money. Food and religion matter too

Yepoka Yeebo

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On the threshold

In 2007 architect, designer and artist Danilo Capasso started photographing the Italian port city of Naples, in particular its eastern edge. The district, home to licit and illegal economies, is marked by an unplanned sense of place

Words: Iain Chambers | Photos: Danilo Carpese

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Canny & Co.

Founded by Cameroonian entrepreneur Bonaventure Ndikung, SAVVY Contemporary is a Berlin exhibition space devoted to art, networking and eating.

Sean O’Toole

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Trouble in the promised land

As many as 60,000 African migrants, many from Eritrea, live and work in Israel, often in exploitative circumstances and increasingly under threat of violence from Israelis. We visit South Tel Aviv, a key battleground

Joseph Dana

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Soweto: After Informality

Once a byword for deprivation, Soweto is changing. Rapidly. Roads have been tarred, electricity introduced, water pipes laid, public transport upgraded. We meet the decision-makers who are shaping contemporary Soweto

Joonji Mdyogolo

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An Island of Exception

A thriving commercial centre in south Delhi, Hauz Khas Village is notorious for its unscrupulous landlords who have transformed this neighbourhood, officially dismissed as a rural enclave, into a destination for pleasure-seekers

Samanth Subramanian