Contingent constellations: African urban complexity seen through the workings of a Ghanaian bus station

Author: 
Stasik, Michael
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Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2016
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Social Dynamics
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Social Dynamics, Vol. 42, No. 1, April 2016, pp. 122-142
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In this article, I explore the intricate relationship between regulation and contingency in processes of urban economic organisation by focusing on the workings of a central bus station in Accra, Ghana. After introducing the position of the station in Ghana's urban economy and transport infrastructure, I set out its internal regulative arrangements in relation to larger socio-economic and political constellations the practices of the station workers are contingent upon. Next, I turn the analysis around and describe the ways in which people accommodate themselves within, exploit and thereby co-produce emergent contingencies. The focus on the station, I suggest, offers a window into the complex constituents of niche economic practices that prevail in many spheres of African cities and allows a nuanced reflection on the incongruous and undetermined dynamics of everyday urban 'becomings.'

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CITATION: Stasik, Michael. Contingent constellations: African urban complexity seen through the workings of a Ghanaian bus station . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2016. Social Dynamics, Vol. 42, No. 1, April 2016, pp. 122-142 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/contingent-constellations-african-urban-complexity-seen-through-workings-ghanaian-bus-station

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