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City Politics is a detailed study of the city of Kinshasa (formerly Léopoldville), capital of the Congo, in the years immediately following independence. The book is a study of political leadership in an urban African movement undergoing extremely rapid change. The social and political processes of the city are examined in order to assess how certain citizens achieved political influence and how they maintained themselves in these positions of power. The history of the city, the population structure and the social economic structure of the city are all described in detail to provide the necessary background for the analysis of the political processes identified by the author. This work will be of interest to a wide readership. The description of a period in the process of decolonization of the only Belgian colony in Africa will prove of value to historians and political scientists.
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- Date Published: October 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521088848
- length: 268 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. The Historical background
3. The physical setting
4. Population structure and growth
5. The economic framework
6. The machinery of urban government
7. Religious organisation
Part II. Social Relations:
8. The Urbanised
9. Community and neighbourhood
10. Domestic groups and kinship
11. Voluntary associations
13. Townsmen and the supernatural
Part III. Politics in Léopoldville:
14. Political parties
The sources of power
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