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The Urban Experience in Eastern Africa, c. 1750-2000 (Azania Special Volume, XXXVI-XXXVII)

Burton, Andrew (editor)

Published by British Institute in Eastern Africa, 2002
ISBN 10: 187256626X / ISBN 13: 9781872566269
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Title: The Urban Experience in Eastern Africa, c. ...

Publisher: British Institute in Eastern Africa

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good


264 pp., illustrations, maps, bibliography. owner's name on title page. Over the past hundred years the towns and cities of Eastern Africa have experienced growth rates which have been among the highest in the world. Societies that in the early twentieth century were overwhelmingly rural have become increasingly urban; sleepy colonial towns have been transformed into burgeoning post-colonial cities. However, despite its contemporary significance, urbanisation as a historical phenomenon has only of late begun to receive due attention from scholars of the region. This collection reflects the recent upsurge in interest in Eastern Africa's urban history. A diverse range of chapters provide broad geographical and thematic coverage. Local traditions of urbanism are discussed in a section on pre-colonial urban settlements. This is followed by a series of chapters that address the ramifications of urban growth in the twentieth century. Rapid urbanisation and the politics of urban order are analysed in the administrative histories of selected urban centres. The city has been the location of ambitious attempts at social control; it has also been a place where the colonial and post-colonial state has had the greatest difficulty in imposing order. These administrative histories are followed by chapters that explore the social and cultural transformations associated with urbanisation and the ambivalent place of the town in African society. The urban arena emerges as the locus of gender, generational and class struggles, and as a site of identity formation and economic and cultural opportunity. The volume brings together a series of case studies that offer valuable historical background to the contemporary problems and opportunities facing Eastern Africa's urban centres in the early 21st century. It includes contributions on Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 187256626XAMA082712

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