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Gone to Ground (Hardback)

A History of Environment and Infrastructure in Dar es Salaam

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Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Intersections: Histories of Environment
Pages: 278
Illustrations: 32 b&w
ISBN: 9780822946113
Published: 30th September 2020
Casemate UK Academic

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Gone to Ground is an investigation into the material and political forces that transformed the cityscape of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in the 1970s and early 1980s. It is both the story of a particular city and the history of a global moment of massive urban transformation from the perspective of those at the center of this shift. Built around an archive of newspapers, oral history interviews, planning documents, and a broad compendium of development reports, Emily Brownell writes about how urbanites navigated the state’s anti-urban planning policies along with the city’s fracturing infrastructures and profound shortages of staple goods to shape Dar’s environment. They did so most frequently by “going to ground” in the urban periphery, orienting their lives to the city’s outskirts where they could plant small farms, find building materials, produce charcoal, and escape the state’s policing of urban space.

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