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Title:Women in African Cities
Author:Muller, Maria S.
Year:1990
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Volume:5
Issue:3-4
Period:August-November
Pages:161-168
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:urban development
urban women
Women's Issues
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
urbanization
gender
women
urban environment
Social systems
housing
Abstract:Women in African cities have their own specific interest in the urban environment and are affected in gender-specific ways by urban development policies. It is necessary to look at the social networks and activities of women as a distinguishable social category. Four strategies utilized by women to improve their living conditions through independent economic activities - economic cooperation between coresidents, house ownership, support networks of social relationships, and business in the neighbourhood - are discussed. These strategies revolve around two urban elements: the house or dwelling, and the neighbourhood. This implies that housing policies should aim to maintain low-income neighbourhoods where socioeconomic relations are well-developed. Bibliogr., sum.
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