South African Cities: Perspectives from the Ivory Tower of Urban Studies

  title={South African Cities: Perspectives from the Ivory Tower of Urban Studies},
  author={Susan Parnell},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={891 - 906}
  • S. Parnell
  • Published 1 May 1997
  • History
  • Urban Studies

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