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The Making of the Central Markets of Dakar and Kinshasa: from Colonial Origins to the Post-colonial Period

(2016) URBAN HISTORY. 43(3). p.412-434
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This article traces the planning history of two central marketplaces in sub-Saharan Africa, in Dakar and Kinshasa, from their French and Belgian colonial origins until the post-colonial period . In the (post-)colonial city, the marketplace has always been at the centre of contemporary debates on urban identity and spatial production. Using a rich variety of sources, this article makes a contribution to a neglected area of scholarship, as comparative studies on planning histories in sub-Saharan African cities are still rare. It also touches upon some key issues such as the multiple and often intricate negotiations between local and foreign actors, sanitation and segregation, the different (post-)colonial planning cultures and their limits and the role of indigenous/intermediary groups in spatial contestation and reappropriation.
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Dakar, Kinshasa, spatial contestation, colonial urban planning and ideology, markets

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Beeckmans, Luce, and Liora Bigon. 2016. “The Making of the Central Markets of Dakar and Kinshasa: From Colonial Origins to the Post-colonial Period.” Urban History 43 (3): 412–434.
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Beeckmans, L., & Bigon, L. (2016). The Making of the Central Markets of Dakar and Kinshasa: from Colonial Origins to the Post-colonial Period. URBAN HISTORY, 43(3), 412–434.
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Beeckmans L, Bigon L. The Making of the Central Markets of Dakar and Kinshasa: from Colonial Origins to the Post-colonial Period. URBAN HISTORY. 2016;43(3):412–34.
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Beeckmans, Luce, and Liora Bigon. “The Making of the Central Markets of Dakar and Kinshasa: From Colonial Origins to the Post-colonial Period.” URBAN HISTORY 43.3 (2016): 412–434. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article traces the planning history of two central marketplaces in sub-Saharan Africa, in Dakar and Kinshasa, from their French and Belgian colonial origins until the post-colonial period . In the (post-)colonial city, the marketplace has always been at the centre of contemporary debates on urban identity and spatial production. Using a rich variety of sources,  this article makes a contribution to a neglected area of scholarship,  as comparative studies on planning histories in sub-Saharan African cities are still rare. It also touches upon some key issues such as the multiple and often intricate negotiations  between local and foreign actors, sanitation and segregation, the different (post-)colonial planning cultures and their limits and the role of indigenous/intermediary groups in spatial contestation and reappropriation.},
  author       = {Beeckmans, Luce and Bigon, Liora },
  issn         = {0963-9268},
  journal      = {URBAN HISTORY},
  keywords     = {Dakar,Kinshasa,spatial contestation,colonial urban planning and ideology,markets},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {412--434},
  title        = {The Making of the Central Markets of Dakar and Kinshasa: from Colonial Origins to the Post-colonial Period},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0963926815000188},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2016},
}

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