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Gendered promises, gendered betrayals: the African urban crisis, masculinity and the public in Abidjan

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In this paper I survey prominent depictions of the crisis as it affects the African city. I then propose the utility of a gendered analysis for reading the urban crisis: as twin projects, capitalism and modernity were always gendered; so was its promise. Situating men in the public spaces and public sphere of contemporary urbanity, we find that capitalism’s exclusions are also gendered. As the logic of capitalist exploitation turns to women for a subordinated and cheaper labor source, this same logic excludes men altogether: from this I make my theoretical departure for a gendered analysis of African urban forms under crisis. Next, applying this perspective to contemporary Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, I introduce a sketch from fieldwork I conducted from 2008 until 2009 at the Sorbonne, a masculine and nationalist public space in Abidjan’s city center where peripheral, informal sector men gather. Grounding and historicizing the “crisis,” I offer a reading of the Ivoirian crisis from the perspective of men who use this political platform as a public sphere to construct recentered masculine and nationalist subjectivities. I conclude by underscoring how a gendered analysis contributes to reading the crisis and its influence on contemporary African urbanity.

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Matlon, Jordanna. "Gendered promises, gendered betrayals: the African urban crisis, masculinity and the public in Abidjan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 20, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p497813_index.html>

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Matlon, J. , 2011-08-20 "Gendered promises, gendered betrayals: the African urban crisis, masculinity and the public in Abidjan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p497813_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper I survey prominent depictions of the crisis as it affects the African city. I then propose the utility of a gendered analysis for reading the urban crisis: as twin projects, capitalism and modernity were always gendered; so was its promise. Situating men in the public spaces and public sphere of contemporary urbanity, we find that capitalism’s exclusions are also gendered. As the logic of capitalist exploitation turns to women for a subordinated and cheaper labor source, this same logic excludes men altogether: from this I make my theoretical departure for a gendered analysis of African urban forms under crisis. Next, applying this perspective to contemporary Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, I introduce a sketch from fieldwork I conducted from 2008 until 2009 at the Sorbonne, a masculine and nationalist public space in Abidjan’s city center where peripheral, informal sector men gather. Grounding and historicizing the “crisis,” I offer a reading of the Ivoirian crisis from the perspective of men who use this political platform as a public sphere to construct recentered masculine and nationalist subjectivities. I conclude by underscoring how a gendered analysis contributes to reading the crisis and its influence on contemporary African urbanity.


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