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 CUS  Vol.4 No.2 , June 2016
Insurgent Urbanism, Citizenship and Surveillance in Kampala City: Implications for Urban Policy in Uganda
Abstract: A great deal of work has been done on the nature of rights and the definitions of citizenship. However, little work has been done that explores how people perceive their citizenship rights and how they act on these perceptions especially in growing cities. High and low intensity protests have inscribed their presence and voice in Kampala city’s streets, thereby becoming integral components of the city landscape. The paper uses critical urban theory, insurgent urbanism and citizenship as its conceptual framework to: 1) examine the terrain of struggle and militancy and, how Kampala residents engage with the state beyond formal processes; and, 2) assess government surveillance actions aimed at (de) constructing of citizenship in the city. The paper illuminates these questions and elaborates the notion of insurgent urbanism using Mabira forest demonstrations, September 2009 Buganda riots, and Walk-to-Work’ (W2W) protests in Kampala City. The paper argues that the currents of militancy are very active across the city and the institutionalization and planning for insurgent claims and associated government responses in the broader urban policy terrain across the country.
Cite this paper: Mukwaya, P. (2016) Insurgent Urbanism, Citizenship and Surveillance in Kampala City: Implications for Urban Policy in Uganda. Current Urban Studies, 4, 195-224. doi: 10.4236/cus.2016.42014.
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