Making an African City
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Making an African City

Technopolitics and the Infrastructure of Everyday Life in Colonial Accra

Jennifer Hart

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Making an African City

Technopolitics and the Infrastructure of Everyday Life in Colonial Accra

Jennifer Hart

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In Making an African City, Jennifer Hart traces the way that British colonial officials, Accra Town Council members, and a diverse group of technocrats used regulation to define what an "acceptable" city looked like. Unlike cities elsewhere on the continent, Accra had a long history of urbanism that predated British colonial presence. By criminalizing some activities and privileging others, colonial officials sought to marginalize indigenous practices of Accra residents and shape the development of a new, "modern" city.

Hart argues, however, that residents regularly pushed back, protesting regulations, refusing to participate in newly developed systems, reappropriating infrastructure, demanding rights to city services, and asserting their own informal vision for the future of the city. While urban plans and regulations ultimately failed to substantively remake the city, their effects were and are still felt by urban residents, who are often subject to but not served by urban infrastructure.

Making an African City explores how the informalization of Accra's development was a historical process, not a natural and self-evident phenomenon, which connects the history of the city with the history of urban development and the growth of technocracy around the world.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. “Fruity” Smells, City Streets, and the Politics of Sanitation
  8. 2. “Health is the First Wealth”
  9. 3. African Trade and Expatriate Enterprise in the Colonial City
  10. 4. Of Pirate Drivers and Honking Horns
  11. 5. Building Homes in the “New Accra”
  12. Conclusion
  13. Notes
  14. Bibliography
  15. Index
  16. About the Author
Citation styles for Making an African City

APA 6 Citation

Hart, J. (2024). Making an African City ([edition unavailable]). Indiana University Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2024)

Chicago Citation

Hart, Jennifer. (2024) 2024. Making an African City. [Edition unavailable]. Indiana University Press.

Harvard Citation

Hart, J. (2024) Making an African City. [edition unavailable]. Indiana University Press. Available at: (Accessed: 20 June 2024).

MLA 7 Citation

Hart, Jennifer. Making an African City. [edition unavailable]. Indiana University Press, 2024. Web. 20 June 2024.