The emergence of gated communities in a West African context: Evidence from Greater Accra, Ghana

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Abstract

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the global expansion of gated communities has become an increasingly important part of the residential geography of many cities. The gated community phenomenon has not been researched in West African cities, and the extent of these communities' formation and convergence or divergence with global trends is unknown. This article provides the first-ever analysis of their formation in Greater Accra, Ghana. The analysis suggests that the globalization of real estate markets and Diaspora living are important aspects in the residential geography of Accra. The concept of "transnational houses" is employed to explain aspects of the local property market that are being globalized and differentiated from local housing. Transnational houses add another layer of diversity to the contemporary urban geography of Greater Accra.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-683
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Geography
Volume26
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 16 2005

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Keywords

  • Gated communities
  • Ghana
  • Greater Accra
  • Transnational houses

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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The emergence of gated communities in a West African context : Evidence from Greater Accra, Ghana. / Grant, Richard.

In: Urban Geography, Vol. 26, No. 8, 16.11.2005, p. 661-683.

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