1. http:// www .nytimes .com /interactive /2013 /01 /10 /travel /2013 -places -to -go .html ?
_r=0, last accessed May 15, 2013.
2. Cohen (1997, 74).
3. Massey (1994).
4. Debates on these questions have been ongoing for de cades but gained a new
lease of urgency through the work of UrbanAfrica (see, for example, their “Whose City
Is It Anyway” initiative: http://urbanafrica.net/news/2012/09/14/whose- city- it- anyway)
and also the Accra Millennium City Project that was launched in 2009 with the support
of the World Bank.
5. Roy (2005).
6. The interdisciplinary perspectives include insights from postcolonial studies,
philosophy, literary theory and criticism, and social theory in general. See Mbembe
and Nuttall (2008), Simone (2004), De Boeck and Plissart (2011). Myers (2011) provides
a comprehensive and lively account and critique of the work of the scholars listed above
in the introduction to his own book, while his fi nal chapter proff ers a fascinating
analysis of Somalia through a reading of the novels of Nuruddin Farah.
7. However, for discussion of the funding of government- built housing stock in
Accra, see the fi ne study by Samuel Osei Kwami and Francis Antwi, “The Impact of
Land Delivery and Finance in the Supply of Residential Accommodation in the Urban
Centres of Ghana: The Case Study of Accra, Tema and Kumasi,” MSc thesis, Royal
Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 2004.
8. Even though Accra has not known a large or even substantial Chinese population
this has not prevented the establishment of quite pop u lar Chinese restaurants, some
of which date from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Chinese restaurants in the area
include Chikin’ Likin’, Tsing Tao, Noble Chinese Restaurant, Peking Restaurant, and
Dynasty, perhaps the most well known of them all.
9. Massey (1994), Harvey (1989).
10. Maxwell et al. (2000).
11. My views on the archeological method are heavily informed by Johnson (2010).
Kyvig and Marty (2010) also proved highly instructive, especially in framing operational