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Multiscalar struggle for ‘inclusive cities’: The case of Tanzania Urban Poor Federation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In response to poverty, socio-economic inequalities, environmental degradation and spatial segregation, the urban poor in the Global South are increasingly organising themselves collectively to fight for more ‘inclusive cities’. Some of these groups have adopted a strategy of multiscalar networking to strengthen their possibilities of influence in the cities, which is a relatively new phenomenon. This study seeks to understand the dynamics of multiscalar organizing by urban poor in an African context, by analysing activities, actors and relations at work in multiscalar networking. Further, the study aims to understand the rationale behind multiscalar organisation and analyses what outcomes this tactic brings. The research is based upon a case study of Tanzania Urban Poor Federation and the empirical material has been collected through interviews and observations during field studies in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro in Tanzania. Theories of place, scale and ‘convergence space’ have been used and the study brings forth an attempt to nuance the understanding of how multiscalar organisation work in practice. Further, the study suggests that multiscalar organisation is a strategy that can strengthen organisations in their local struggles for ‘inclusive cities’ even though internal power relations within multiscalar networks seem to imply challenges. By combining activities at different scales, grassroots organisations can contribute with important knowledge and insights useful in future city development and potentially work as a link between government and the urban poor.

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2013. , 68 p.
Keyword [en]
grassroots organisations, urban poor, multiscalar networking, inclusive cities, convergence space, Tanzania
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92845OAI: diva2:642366
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-08-21 Created: 2013-08-21 Last updated: 2013-08-21Bibliographically approved

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