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Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora

Spatial Literacy

Contemporary Asante Women’s Place-making

Authors: Amoo-Adare, E.

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  • THEORY and PRAXIS: The author's Critical Spatial Literacy offers a new analytic framework as well as a blueprint for action.
  • GROUNDED ANALYSIS: AmmoAdare grounds her study in the everyday lived experience of actual Ghanaian women.
  • BROADLY APPLICABLE: The book offers a highly creative way to explain the various issues that female migrants and immigrants face upon encountering urban life and cities.
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This book makes the case for an urgent praxis of critical spatial literacy for African women. It provides a critical analysis of how Asante women negotiate and understand the politics of contemporary space in Accra and beyond and the effect it has on their lives, demonstrating how they critically 'read that world.'

About the authors

Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare is a research specialist at Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Qatar Foundation. She has a PhD in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a RIBA part II qualified architect, with over 26 years of experience working within the fields of education, international development, and social housing in countries like Afghanistan, Georgia, Ghana, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Reviews

"What Amoo-Adare brings to the literature is an intensely critical approach that is self-refl ective. Her identity informs the work and gives it urgency . . . Yet she is aware of her role as both insider and outsider, given her identity as a woman architect and scholar with African roots, a Western education and extensive travel in her adult life. She intentionally brings that hybrid identity into her analysis. By doing so, she gives readers a model for how to think about their own identities and trainings and how that affects their interpretation of urbanization in different parts of the world." – Jorunal of the American Planning Association

"In this compelling new book, Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare offers a much-needed bottom-up analysis of urban space in Africa ... The author effectively balances advanced theory with richly detailed, insightful narratives that make the text accessible and essential for students, scholars, and practitioners alike." - Journal of the American Planning Association

"The coruscatingly pathbreaking and iconoclastic text opens up new approaches to our understanding of the relationship among space, scale, gender, pedagogy, and the coloniality of being. It is a must read." - Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Liberation

"Drawing on her personal mobility and professional history as an architect with an Asante heritage, the author offers feminists, planners, architects, globalists, and Africanists a new way of conceptualizing race, class, sex, and culture through critical spatial literacy. She grounds the everyday lives of fifteen Asante women in Accra in their migration to the city where education, centrality of money and hard work, and pride in their identity brings to life a vibrant analysis about fluidity amid rapid urbanization and the need for a womanist politics of urban space." - Jacqueline Leavitt, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

"What Amoo-Adare brings to the literature is an intensely critical approach that is self-refl ective. Her identity informs the work and gives it urgency . . . Yet she is aware of her role as both insider and outsider, given her identity as a woman architect and scholar with African roots, a Western education and extensive travel in her adult life. She intentionally brings that hybrid identity into her analysis. By doing so, she gives readers a model for how to think about their own identities and trainings and how that affects their interpretation of urbanization in different parts of the world." – Jorunal of the American Planning Association

"In this compelling new book, Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare offers a much-needed bottom-up analysis of urban space in Africa ... The author effectively balances advanced theory with richly detailed, insightful narratives that make the text accessible and essential for students, scholars, and practitioners alike." - Journal of the American Planning Association

"The coruscatingly pathbreaking and iconoclastic text opens up new approaches to our understanding of the relationship among space, scale, gender, pedagogy, and the coloniality of being. It is a must read." - Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Liberation

"Drawing on her personal mobility and professional history as an architect with an Asante heritage, the author offers feminists, planners, architects, globalists, and Africanists a new way of conceptualizing race, class, sex, and culture through critical spatial literacy. She grounds the everyday lives of fifteen Asante women in Accra in their migration to the city where education, centrality of money and hard work, and pride in their identity brings to life a vibrant analysis about fluidity amid rapid urbanization and the need for a womanist politics of urban space." - Jacqueline Leavitt, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Critical Spatial Literacy is Urgent Political Praxis

    Pages 1-6

    Amoo-Adare, Epifania Akosua

  • Feminist Positionality: Renegade Architecture in a Certain Ambiguity

    Pages 7-27

    Amoo-Adare, Epifania Akosua

  • Politics of (Post)Modern Space: Asante Women’s Place in a Capitalist Spatiality

    Pages 29-52

    Amoo-Adare, Epifania Akosua

  • Akwantu: Travel and the Making of New Roads

    Pages 59-73

    Amoo-Adare, Epifania Akosua

  • Anibuei: Civilization and the Opening of Eyes

    Pages 81-96

    Amoo-Adare, Epifania Akosua

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-28107-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
Softcover $38.00
price for USA

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spatial Literacy
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Asante Women’s Place-making
Authors
Series Title
Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28107-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137281074
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-28106-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-57595-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44801-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 173
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