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Cities, creativities and urban creative economies: Re-descriptions and make+shifts from Sub-Saharan Africa

Mbaye, J. F. ORCID: 0000-0003-2225-6077 and Pratt, A.C. (2019). Cities, creativities and urban creative economies: Re-descriptions and make+shifts from Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12887

Abstract

The aim of this symposium is to examine the situation of the creative economy in cities; specifically, cities of sub-Saharan Africa. In this introduction to the Symposium we set out the case for the need to ‘re-describe’ the (much derided) phenomenon of the creative city. This task requires a clarification of what is understood in academe and policy communities by the term creative economy, the pronounced growth of this sector, particularly in the South; and, its particular urban character. Second, in the face of this evidence of the actually existing, and growing, importance of the urban creative economy. Third, with this ground-clearing achieved, we seek to frame and focus on the emergence of new research on the urban creative economy. We then use the evidence from the symposium contributions to argue for a reformulation of the creative economy within African Sub-Saharan urbanisation.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mbaye, J. F. and Pratt, A.C. (2019). Cities, creativities and urban creative economies: Re-descriptions and make+shifts from Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, which has been accepted for publication to appear in the journal http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1468-2427/. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: urban creative economy; Sub-Saharan Africa; creative city; re-description; make+shift
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/23424
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