The paper represents our first effort to develop and extend Urban Political Ecology as a framework for analysing power and materiality in cities. The paper merges or reads across three strands of literature, being political ecology (with origins in rural developing country research, but with important extensions using feminist theory etc), Urban Political Ecology (with origin in neo-Marxist theory and historical materialism), and African/global South urbanism literature. By reading UPE in particular through how African urbanist has rendered the city and urbanisation, a new object of critical analysis that works through a foregrounding of everyday practices. This shifts how to think the city, how to contest the city, and by whom.
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