Afra Foli

Afra Foli
University of Amsterdam | UVA · Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies

Master of Science


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Publication (1)
In school choice literature, class-based strategies for social reproduction of the middle classes are often the central explanatory framework. While race, ethnicity and other social categories are increasingly included in the analysis, they are often treated as secondary to class. Drawing on interviews from a racially and socio-culturally mixed sam...


Project (1)
Why do residents in rapidly growing cities succeed or fail to secure amenities required for their health, dignity, and comfort? While engineers might see this as a technical question, this project focuses on the social relations that form through the setting up and governing of amenities for clean water, waste disposal, and public space. The provision of these amenities, of paramount importance to people’s lives and prominent on the policy agendas of governments and development agencies, is patchy and checkered, especially in the rapidly growing cities of the developing world. Charting and explaining the uneven development of amenities is therefore a vital task. The project uses extensive meta-reviews of the literature and detailed case studies of Accra (Ghana) and Istanbul (Turkey) to identify the conditions and mechanisms that explain why some people and places have privileged access to high-quality amenities while other people and places do not. Theoretically, it extends Elias’s figurational sociology by considering how stakeholders organize space in their efforts to solve collective action problems and effectuate in-/exclusion.