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      Shades of Urbanism(s) and Urbanity in Pre-Colonial Africa: Towards Afro-Centred Interventions

      Journal of Urban Archaeology

      Brepols Publishers

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          A cross-regional assessment finds varied trajectories of how, at the expense of alternatives, humans in Holocene Africa gradually opted for urbanization as the lifeway of choice. However, based on locally centred benchmarks and descriptors, what is the nature of and evidence for urbanity and urbanism across Africa’s regions? Inspired by the African philosophy of hunhu/ ubuntu and decolonial analytical lenses, this contribution engages with case studies of variable shades of urbanity scattered across southern Africa’s deep and recent pasts, to strike comparison with corresponding behaviours etched elsewhere on the continent and outside of it. It ends by sketching, as motivated by African ways of knowing, conditions, and peculiarities, profitable lines for future interdisciplinary forays into urbanism and nested comportments.

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                Journal
                jua
                jua
                Journal of Urban Archaeology
                Brepols Publishers (Turnhout, Belgium )
                2736-2426
                2736-2434
                January 2020
                : 1
                : 49-66
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                10.1484/J.JUA.5.120909

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                Self URI (journal page): https://www.urbanarchaeology.net/

                Urban studies, Archaeology, History

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