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Reinventing Order in the Congo: How People Respond to State Failure in Kinshasa
The populations of many Third World mega-cities have far outstripped any apparent economic basis for their size and survival. In this volume Congolese and Western social scientists cover most aspects of urban life in Kinshasa--how ordinary people hustle for a modest living; the famous "bargaining" system ordinary Kinois have developed; and how they access food, water suppl ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Zed Books
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Very readable for an academic book. It's a 10 year old book but not a lot has changed in those years. It's a very good, concise way to see how the basic structure of a city of 9 million people works without any real government or formal economy. People still eat, drink, work and get around. I was reading this while in the Congo, so it helped put things in perspective.