Influence & Invisibility
Tenants in Housing Provision in Mwanza City, Tanzania
Acta Universitatis Stockhomiensis / Stockholm Studies in Human Geography 14

By Jenny Cadstedt
November 2006
Lund University
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ISBN: 9185445355
214 pages, Illustrated, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2"
$85.00 Paper Original

Rapid urban growth in Africa has brought with it the equally rapid growth of unplanned settlements and slums. Housing policies developed to improve living conditions assume house ownership and personal investment in development, ignoring the reality that most urban residents are renters, not owners, of the property in which they live.

Based on a case study of Mwanza City, Tanzania, Jenny Cadstedt offers an analysis of urban life in African cities and the ways in which it is shaped by resident's dependency on landowners. In the development of housing policy aimed at increasing the quality of life in urban areas, tenants are made invisible as actors in housing development, despite apparent concern for local participation.

Mwanza: Water, Rocks, Houses and People
Rental Tenure
Housing Careers and Strategies
Housing and Urban Planning in Policy
On the Hills: Trees or Houses? - Contested Space
Collective Action of Tenants?
Influence and Invisibility - Tenants in Housing Provision
Appendix: Slection of Mitaa and Respondents

Human Geography
Urban Studies

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