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2001 Africities: Popular Engagements of the Urban in Contemporary Africa. Space and Culture 8-9: 252-261.
2001 On the Worlding of African Cities. African Studies Review 44: 15-41.
2004 People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg. Public Culture 16: 407-429.
2006 Pirate Towns: Reworking Social and Symbolic Infrastructures in Douala and Johannesburg. Urban Studies 43: 257-270.
2007 Deep into the Night the City Calls while the Blacks Come Home to Roost. Theory, Culture and Society 24: 235-248.
2008 Some Reflections on Making Popular Culture in Urban Africa. African Studies Review 51: 75-89.
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2008 The Politics of the Possible: Making Urban Life in Phnom Penh. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 29: 186-204.
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2010 A Town on its Knees? Economic Experimentations with Postcolonial Urban Politics in African and Southeast Asian. Theory, Culture and Society 27: 130-154.
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