How Does Water Behave? Unstable Milieu and Stable Agencements in Dakar’s Flooded Suburbs

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How Does Water Behave? Unstable Milieu and Stable Agencements in Dakar’s Flooded Suburbs


  • Romain Leclercq Earth Politics Center, University of Paris/Sciences Po, France / Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environnement (LAVUE), France


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Abstract:  In the suburbs of Dakar, matter as a flux is not a metaphor anymore, but a concrete process of city fluidification, disintegration, or solidification. Indeed, the city has been concerned for more than 30 years by regular floods that were established permanently in some districts. Drawing from an assemblage perspective, this article aims to understand how people deal with untamed waters in flooded neighbourhoods and at the city scale. It also raises questions about how we can capture the processes of production, maintenance, and disintegration of cities by identifying stable forms of assemblages and by comparing them according to the specific action that they support.

Keywords:  Accra; agencements; assemblage; Dakar; Djiddah Thiaroye Kao; flooding; untamed waters

Published:   11 January 2022


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v7i1.4353


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