This panel proposes a comparative perspective of metropolitan emergence through political, cultural, social and economic dynamics linked to globalization, in North and sub-Saharan African countries.
The focus on "Metropolitan emergence" as a heuristic notion, can provide meaning to a wide variety of phenomena at the crossing of specific dynamics within urban areas and large metropoles and general dynamics induced by cultural, political, and economic globalization. How do globalizing trends in cultural expressions and mobilizations, sectorial policies, and economics interact with contemporary urban social movements, public policies and governance, economic actors and exchanges? Some specific interesting issues can be addressed like religious transnational movements, professional or civil society's organizations and mobilizations. Are the cities and metropolis an efficient echoing or reacting space to globalization's inputs? The comparisons between North African and sub-Saharan spaces and dynamics are not so common. This panel invites to overcome this comparative lack, and wishes to initiate contributions to bridge the gap between those two areas that constitute Africa. We'd like to question the practical arrangements for this interacting -and yet common- dynamics within both areas, in order to identify the invariants and local versions between them.