Journal article

A politics of waiting in southern (African) cities

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Publication Details

Author list: Oldfield SE

Publication year: 2017

Journal: Territorio

Journal name: Territorio

Volume number: 81

Start page: 38

End page: 41

Total number of pages: 4

ISSN: 1825-8689

eISSN: 2239-6330



The majority in global southern cities wait: for development, for housing, for work, for an alternative to violence, for a better future. Central to contemporary city life, waiting, and practices of making do 'in the meanwhile', are legitimised in emotional attachments to the state and its projects as well as legal and policy frameworks. The paper engages a global southern literature on the condition of waiting in relation to the practice and politics of waiting for housing in South African urban contexts. It reflects on the micro politics of waiting, practices of quiet encroachment, exploring how and where citizens wait and make do, and their encounters with the state in these processes.


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