African urban spaces in historical perspective /
edited by Steven J. Salm and Toyin Falola.
Rochester : University of Rochester Press, 2005.
xl, 395 p.
1580461638 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Rochester : University of Rochester Press, 2005.
1580461638 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-10-01:
The 15 essays in this volume edited by Salm (Xavier Univ. of Louisiana) and Falola (Univ. of Texas at Austin) explore the processes of the development of mainly small and medium-sized cities in various regions of Africa. Except for one study that deals exclusively with precolonial urbanism in the Sokoto Empire, the majority of essays focus on colonial and postcolonial cities. They deal with conventional topics such as racial residential segregation, architecture, and urban problems (poverty, unemployment, crime, and destruction). Others explore more neglected topics, especially the growth of religious centers and the images of the city. The essays are well written and engaging, and they use a variety of sources, including archival materials, secondary historical sources, and literature. This work is a good contribution to the urban historiography of Africa. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. J. Ngalamulume Bryn Mawr College
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Today half of all Africans live in urban areas. Villages are growing into towns, and towns are rapidly becoming cities. This project offers broad and varied analyses of the history of African cities in the last 150 years, and is key to understanding the urban present. Introduced by the doyenne of African urban history, the chapters in this innovative volume deal with multiple dimensions of African city life from Morocco to Zimbabwe and from Somalia to Namibia. --Dennis D. Cordell, Department of History, Southern Methodist University and Dipartement de Dimographie, Universiti de MontrialBR>
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Main Description
African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective presents new and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of African urban history and culture. It presents original research and integrates historical methodologies with those of anthropology, geography, literature, art, and architecture. Moving between precolonial, colonial, and contemporary urban spaces, it covers the major regions, religions, and cultural influences of sub-Saharan Africa. The themes include Islam and Christianity, architecture, migration, globalization, social and physical decay, identity, race relations, politics, and development. This book elaborates on not only what makes the study of African urban spaces unique within urban historiography, it also offers an-encompassing and up-to-date study of the subject and inserts Africa into the growing debate on urban history and culture throughout the world. . The opportunities provided by the urban milieu are endless and each study opens new potential avenues of research. This book explores some of those avenues and lays the groundwork on which new studies can build. Contributors: MAURICE NYAMANGA AMUTABI, CATHERINE COQUERY VIDROVITCH, MARK DIKE DeLANCEY, THOMAS NGOMBA EKALI, OMAR A. ENO, DOUG T. FEREMENGA, LAURENT FOURCHARD, JAMES GENOVA, FATIMA MULLER-FRIEDMAN, GODWIN R. MURUNGA, KEFA M. OTISO, MICHAEL RALPH, JEREMY RICH, ERIC ROSS, CORINNE SANDWITH, WESSEL VISSER Toyin Falola is the Nalle Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin; Steven J. Salm is Assistant Professor of History, Xavier University of Louisiana
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: African Urban Spaces: History and Culturep. xv
Constructing Built Space
Moving East, Facing West: Islam as an Intercultural Mediator in Urban Planning in the Sokoto Empirep. 3
Oppressive Impressions, Architectural Expressions: The Poetics of French Colonial (Ad)vantage, Regarding Africap. 22
"Just Build It Modern": Post-Apartheid Spaces on Namibia's Urban Frontierp. 48
Racialized and Divided Space
Colonial Urbanization and Urban Management in Kenyap. 73
"Inherently Unhygienic Races": Plague and the Origins of Settler Dominance in Nairobi, 1899-1907p. 98
Urbanization and Afrikaner Class Formation: The Mine Workers' Union and the Search for a Cultural Identityp. 131
The Importance of Being Educated: Strategies of an Urban Petit-Bourgeois Elite, South Africa, 1935-50p. 164
Shifting Space and Transforming Identities
Where Every Language Is Heard: Atlantic Commerce, West African and Asian Migrants, and Town Society in Libreville, ca. 1860-1914p. 191
Captured and Steeped in Colonial Dynamics and Legacy: The Case of Isiolo Town in Kenyap. 213
From Marabout Republics to Autonomous Rural Communities: Autonomous Muslim Towns in Senegalp. 243
Africanite and Urbanite: The Place of the Urban in Imaginings of African Identity during the Late Colonial Period in French West Africap. 266
Colonial Legacies and Devitalized Space
Urban Poverty, Urban Crime, and Crime Control: The Lagos and Ibadan Cases, 1929-45p. 291
The Fluctuating Fortunes of Anglophone Cameroon Towns: The Case of Victoria, 1858-1982p. 320
Urban Planning and Development in Zimbabwe: A Historical Perspectivep. 340
Somalia's City of the Jackals: Politics, Economy, and Society in Mogadishu 1991-2003p. 365
Notes on the Contributorsp. 381
Indexp. 385
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