Taming the Disorderly City: The Spatial Landscape of Johannesburg after Apartheid

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In postapartheid Johannesburg, tensions of race and class manifest themselves starkly in struggles over "rights to the city." Real-estate developers and the very poor fight for control of space as the municipal administration steps aside, almost powerless to shape the direction of change. Having ceded control of development to the private sector, the Johannesburg city government has all but abandoned residential planning to the unpredictability of market forces. This failure to plan for the civic good―and the resulting confusion―is a perfect example of the entrepreneurial approaches to urban governance that are sweeping much of the Global South as well as the cities of the North.

Martin J. Murray brings together a wide range of urban theory and local knowledge to draw a nuanced portrait of contemporary Johannesburg. In Taming the Disorderly City, he provides a focused intellectual and political critique of the often-ambivalent urban dynamics that have emerged after the end of apartheid. Exploring the behaviors of the rich and poor, each empowered in their own way, as they rebuild a new Johannesburg, we see the entrepreneurial city: high-rises, shopping districts, and gated communities surrounded by and intermingled with poverty. In graceful prose, Murray offers a compelling portrait of the everyday lives of the urban poor as seen through the lens of real-estate capitalism and revitalization efforts.

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"Taming the Disorderly City is as much about Johannesburg as it is about the political sociology of contemporary cities, particularly those in the Global South. Martin J. Murray shows that there is a particular twist to Johannesburg's case: the city acquired a fragmented and disorderly landscape not as a matter of natural urban growth but because it entered the postapartheid era in the age of neoliberal globalization."--Gyan Prakash, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University

"Taming the Disorderly City is compelling, lively, and very engaging. It is both an impassioned portrait of Johannesburg and a tough intellectual and political critique of often confusing and ambivalent urban dynamics. Martin J. Murray's book will help a whole generation of urbanists get to grips with this emergent urbanism and its profound political and personal challenges."--Jennifer Robinson, The Open University

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Martin Murray is Professor of Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Adjunct Professor, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. He is the author of several books, including The Development of Capitalism in Colonial Indochina, 1870–1940; South Africa: Time of Agony, Time of Destiny; and The Revolution Deferred: The Painful Birth of Post-Apartheid South Africa, and the coeditor most recently of Cities in Contemporary Africa.

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