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Landlords and Lodgers: Socio-Spatial Organization in an Accra Community

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Based on 25 years of research on and in Sabon Zongo, one of the oldest migrant communities in Accra, Ghana, this book is about the spatial and social production of this community within this urban setting. While Sabon Zongo is clearly part of the larger urban landscape of Accra, it is also culturally distinct, representing the melding of a migrant Hausa ethos, informed by Islam, its values and its institutions, and the metropolitan knowledge shared by all city dwellers. The author explores the interconnections of community residents to one another both in terms of built space—the boundaries of community, community structures, and compounds—and social space—the social networks, institutions, activities, and routines through which Sabon Zongo residents reproduce meaning as constituted by and in their built environment.

There is no body of data similar to this study's both in breadth and depth of understanding relating to this particular urban community. Much of the material has never been published. Both theoretically and substantively, this book makes a unique contribution to the literature on African urban life. Written in a clear, open style, this book will appeal to specialists and interested general readers alike.

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Pellow (anthropology, Syracuse U.) studies the social and spatial evolution of Sabon Zongo, one of the zongos, or enclaves of the Hausa Muslim community where they are able to maintain their institutional integrity within a general Christian and Western urban environment in Ghana. She chose it because it was the first zongo created consciously by the people who would live there, and its history is well documented.
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Synopsis:

Based on 25 years of research on and in Sabon Zongo, one of the oldest migrant communities in Accra, Ghana, this book explores the interconnections of community residents to one another both in terms of built space--the boundaries of community, community structures, and compounds--and social space--the social networks, institutions, activities, and routines through which Sabon Zongo residents reproduce meaning as constituted by and in their built environment.

About the Author

DEBORAH PELLOW is Professor of Anthropology in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Table of Contents

Glossary

Preface

Introduction

The Urban Cultural Context

Strangers, Struggles, and the Creation

Sabon Zongo: Environmental Delimitations

Ties That Bind

Everyday Life

Anthill Architecture: The Involuted Compound

Compound Social Space: Transformations through Living

Conclusion: Zongwanci

Appendix

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275976002
Author:
Pellow, Deborah
Publisher:
Praeger
Location:
Westport, CT
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Muslims
Subject:
Spatial behavior
Subject:
Human territoriality.
Subject:
Hausa
Subject:
Accra
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Human territoriality - Ghana - Accra
Subject:
Spatial behavior - Ghana - Accra
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. <21>, etc.
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
10.04x5.94x1.05 in. 1.27 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Based on 25 years of research on and in Sabon Zongo, one of the oldest migrant communities in Accra, Ghana, this book explores the interconnections of community residents to one another both in terms of built space--the boundaries of community, community structures, and compounds--and social space--the social networks, institutions, activities, and routines through which Sabon Zongo residents reproduce meaning as constituted by and in their built environment.
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