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Africa's Urban Past

Africa's Urban Past - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0325002200

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ISBN13: 978-0325002200
ISBN10: 0325002207
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Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Heinemann
Published: 2000
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Africa's Urban Past - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0325002200

David M. Anderson and Richard Rathbone

ISBN13: 978-0325002200
ISBN10: 0325002207
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Heinemann

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Africa is witnessing dramatic urban growth on a massive scale which, in the space of this century, has reversed the rural - urban settlement patterns of the continent. Yet urbanization has been an important feature of Africa's history for over two thousand years. Towns and cities have been important arenas around which societies have organized themselves: as centres of trade, economic activity and wealth accumulation; as foci of political action and authority; as military garrisons and symbols of physical domination; as sites of ritual power and contact with the sacred; and as places of refuge, shelter and collective security in troubled times.This survey reveals a remarkable depth of urbanization in African history. Each chapter places the city at the centre of discussion. Themes developed are unexpectedly diverse, suggesting not only a distinctive history of urbanism but offering great potential for further research. This volume is thus presented as a starting point for the writing o This collection reveals a remarkable depth of urbanization in African history. It develops diverse themes, suggesting a distinctive history of urbanism and offering great potential for further research. This volume is thus presented as a starting point for the writing of deeper comparative histories of Africa's urban past.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Urban Africa: Histories in the Making, David M. Anderson and Richard Rathbone Urban Archaeologies Clustered Cities of the Middle Niger: Alternative Routes to Authority in Prehistory, Roderick J. Mcintosh African City Walls A Neglected Source?, Graham Connah Aksumite Urbanism, David W. Phillipson Pre-colonial Towns in Transition Mbanza Kongo/Sao Salvador Kongo's Holy Cry, John K. Thronton Ouidah: a Pre-colonial Urban Centre in Coastal West Africa 1727-1892, Robin Law Merchants, Missions & the Remaking of the Urban Environment in Buganda, 1840-1890, Richard Reid and Henri Medard Urban Economics ''A Town of Strangers'' or ''A Model Modern East African Town'', Arusha & the Arusha, Thomas Spear The Cost of Living in Lagos, 1914-1945, Ayodeji Olukoju The City of Durban Towards a Structural Analysis of the Economic Growth & Character of a South African City, Bill Freund Becoming Urban Towns as Cultural Brokers ''But I know what I shall do'' Agency, Belief & the Social Imaginary in Eighteenth-Century Gold Coast Towns, Ray Kea Gender in the City Women, Migration & Contested Spaces in Tunis, 1830-1881, Julia Clancy-Smith The Cultural Politics of Death & Burial in Early Colonial Accra, John Parker ''Wo pe tam won pe ba'' (''You like cloth but you don't want children'') Urbanization, Individualism & Gender Relations in Colonial Ghana 1900-1939, Emmanuel Akyeampong The Politics of Urban Order Land Alienation & the Union Growth of Bahir Dar, 1935-1974, Seltene Seyoum Conservation & the Colonial Past Urban Planning, Space & Power in Zanzibar, William Cunningham Bissell The Urbanism of District Six, Cape Town, Rafael Marks and Marco Bezzoli The Political Shaping of Sacred Locality in Brazzaville, 1959-1997, Florence Bernault Index
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