Traditional Authorities in African Cities: Setting the Scene

Traditional Authorities in African Cities: Setting the Scene

Author: 
Marrengane, Ntombini
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2021
Record type: 
Responsibility: 
Sawyer, Lindsay, jt. author
Tevera, Daniel, jt. author
Journal Title: 
African Studies
Source: 
African Studies, Vol. 80, No. 2, 2021, pp. 125-133
Abstract: 

This special issue on the role of traditional authorities in African cities highlights critical debates about governance and urban development on 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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CITATION: Marrengane, Ntombini. Traditional Authorities in African Cities: Setting the Scene . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2021. African Studies, Vol. 80, No. 2, 2021, pp. 125-133 - Available at: https://library.au.int/traditional-authorities-african-cities-setting-scene