Urban Design, Chaos, and Colonial Power in Zanzibar

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Dezember 2010



Across Africa and elsewhere, colonialism promised to deliver progress anddevelopment. In urban spaces like Zanzibar, the British vowed to import scientifictechniques and practices, ranging from sanitation to urban planning, to create aperfect city. Rather than remaking space, these designs often unraveled. Plans wereformulated and then fell by the wayside, over and over again. By focusing on theseflawed efforts to impose colonial order, William Cunningham Bissell offers adifferent view of colonialism and cities, revealing the contradictions, confusion, and even chaos that lay at the very core of British rule. At once an engagingportrait of a cosmopolitan African city and an exploration of colonialirrationality, Urban Design, Chaos, and Colonial Power in Zanzibar opens up newperspectives on the making of modernity and the metropolis.


William Cunningham Bissell is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Lafayette College.


"Contributes to the growing body of work in African urban history and to the study of Zanzibar... Bissell writes beautifully and makes very good use of his archival research." Garth Myers, University of Kansas
EAN: 9780253222558
ISBN: 0253222559
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2010
Seitenanzahl: 378 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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