Spatial and social transformations in a secondary city: the role of mobility in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

Show simple item record Yankson, P.W.K. Gough, K.V. Esson, J. Amankwaa, E.F. 2019-08-13T15:05:23Z 2019-08-13T15:05:23Z 2017
dc.identifier.other vol..117(2):pp82-92
dc.identifier.other DOI:10.1080/00167223.2017.1343672
dc.description.abstract Existing research on urban Ghana mainly focuses on processes occurring within the country’s major cities, thereby reproducing a trend within the social sciences to overlook the role of intermediate and secondary cities. This paper aims to address this shortcoming by exploring spatial and social transformations in Sekondi–Takoradi, one of Ghana’s secondary cities and the metropolitan area serving the region’s emerging rubber industries as well as the country’s oil and gas economy. Using qualitative interviews conducted with residents in five of the city’s neighbourhoods, and a modified version of Kaufmann’s typology of mobility, we examine migration into Sekondi–Takoradi, residential mobility within the city and the daily mobility of the city’s residents. The paper highlights how these diverse forms of mobility interact with processes taking place both within and outside Sekondi–Takoradi, most notably influencing and being influenced by livelihood strategies. It is argued that the city and its hinterlands can best be envisaged as a mobile networked whole, rather than consisting of disconnected and compartmentalized locales. The paper thus contributes to broader debates on how mobility shapes urbanization by providing new empirical data on events unfolding in Africa’s secondary cities, and extends existing research by providing a counter-narrative to literature that examines the city and its surrounding rural areas separately. © 2017 The Royal Danish Geographical Society. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Geografisk Tidsskrift - Danish Journal of Geography en_US
dc.subject Ghana; Mobility; qualitative methods; secondary cities; Sekondi–Takoradi; urban en_US
dc.title Spatial and social transformations in a secondary city: the role of mobility in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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