Writing Windhoek. Multiple Representations of the City

  • Foreword by AbdouMaliq Simone
  • Language: English
  • Vol. 31, 2024
  • ISBN 978-3-906927-62-6
  • eISBN 978-3-906927-63-3
  • ISSN 2234-9561
  • eISSN 2297-458X
Ellison Tjirera

Writing Windhoek. Multiple Representations of the City

“Small” cities have something to offer in terms of theoretical resources and renewing our understanding of urban life. In other words, all cities do matter and are therefore worthy of drawing from. Condemning “insignificant” cities to oblivion is a travesty that will leave urban studies poorer. Importantly, no city is reducible to one register in the representation of its essence.

In Writing Windhoek, Ellison Tjirera makes an attempt to revivify the Capital city of Namibia and treat it as an idea meriting a closer examination and reflection. In illuminating the essence of Windhoek’s cityness, this book traces its history of spatial segregation, an imprint that continues to define contemporary city life. The cultural memory of Windhoek is analysed as a way of accessing what is otherwise a not so obvious strand through which to understand a city that has escaped a sustained scholarly rendition. In his further layering of the city, Tjirera provides a portrait of Windhoek through urban fantasies, regimes of the legal, and how migration is implicated in shaping social heterogeneity and concatenations of various urban rhythms.

Ellison Tjirera teaches Sociology at the University of Namibia, Windhoek. For over a decade as a researcher, Tjirera has been associated with the Windhoek-based think tank the Institute
for Public Policy Research (IPPR) as well as the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His academic interests include urban studies, social movements, gender studies, governance and post-apartheid societies.

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