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City of Broken Dreams

Myth-making, Nationalism and the University in an African Motor City

Leslie J. Bank (author)

ISBN: 9780796924544

Publication Date: May 2020

Format: Paperback

Brings the global debate about the urban university to bear on the realities of South African rust-belt cities through a detailed case study of the Eastern Cape motor city of East London, a site of significant industrial job losses over the past two decades.
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City of Broken Dreams brings the global debate about the urban university to bear on the realities of South African rust-belt cities through a detailed case study of the Eastern Cape motor city of East London, a site of significant industrial job losses over the past two decades.

The cultural power of the car and its associations with the endless possibilities of modernity lie at the heart of the refusal of many rust-belt motor cities to seek alternative development paths that could move them away from racially inscribed, automotive capitalism and cultures. This is no less true in East London than it is in the motor cities of Flint and Detroit in the US.

Since the end of the Second World War, universities have become increasingly urbanised, resulting in widespread concerns about the autonomy of universities as places of critical thinking and learning. Simultaneously, there is increased debate about the role universities can play in building urban economies, creating jobs and reshaping the politics and identities of cities.

In City of Broken Dreams, author Leslie Bank embeds the reader's understanding of the university within a history of industrialisation, placing-making and city building.

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"This highly readable, richly ethnographic, and interdisciplinary book significantly expands our understanding of East London's cultural history, its contemporary challenges and future possibilities. If you are looking for a fiercely researched South African urban study that engages closely with dynamics on the global Rust Belt, then this book is for you." –Professor Peter Alegi, Professor of History, Michigan State University, USA.
Pages 336
Dimensions 235 x 168
Date Published 30 May 2020
Publisher HSRC Press
Subject/s Higher & further education, tertiary education   Development economics   Sociology: work & labour   Road vehicle manufacturing industry   Urban economics  
  • Chapter one On auto-freedom: The Mandela car and the lessons of history
  • Part 1 Exploring urbanism and the university
  • Chapter two Racial modernism and occupy urbanism on the South African rust belt
  • Chapter three The prejudice, power and plight of global rust-belt cities
  • Part 2 Settler nationalism and the motor city
  • Chapter four Settler nationalism in the making of a South African motor city
  • Chapter five The university and struggle for the hearts and minds of the city
  • Chapter six State capture, urban sprawl and industrial decentralisation
  • Part 3 The homecoming city
  • Chapter seven The homecoming city and the style of the black middle class
  • Chapter eight Post-apartheid austerity and the black university in the city
  • Part 4 Student risings and the city–campus dynamic
  • Chapter nine Student struggles and the right to the city
  • Chapter ten Nationalism and the #FeesMustFall protests
  • Chapter eleven Race, planning and the culture of rust-belt cities
  • Chapter twelve After car culture: Remapping the city

Leslie J. Bank is a Deputy Director at the Human Sciences Research Council in Cape Town and an emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Fort Hare, where he was formerly the Director of Social and Economic Research. His previous books include Home Spaces, Street Styles: Contesting Power and Identity in a South African City (Pluto Press, London, 2011), Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and her Interpreters (edited with A. Bank, Cambridge University Press, 2013), Imonti Modern: Picturing the Life and Times of a South African Location (with Mxolisi Qebeyi, HSRC Press, 2017) and Anchored in Place: Universities and City Building in South Africa (edited with N. Cloete, African Minds, 2018). He is also finalizing an edited book on Migrant Labour after Apartheid (HSRC Press, forthcoming).

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