Gone to Ground: A History of Environment and Infrastructure in Dar es Salaam - Intersections (Hardback)Emily Brownell (author)
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Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Emily Brownell's Gone to Ground offers a major contribution to the academic literature on Africa's recent urban history. It marks an important conceptual advance in this field by both theorizing and demonstrating how Dar es Salaam's population repurposed the material environment of the city and its surroundings in ways that transcend familiar analytical categories. This was done through popular acts of domestication and transformation of an ostensibly universal urban infrastructure that were refitted to local means and practices. Brownell makes a persuasive case that the 1970s and 1980s period was the most decisive in shaping what the city of Dar es Salaam has become today, and does so by rejecting still-dominant normative frames of urban 'failure' that typify 1970s-era Africa. She shows instead how urban space and livelihood strategies were reshaped by inventive and unpredictable connection-making between African residents and their built environment." -James Brennan, University of Illinois
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