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Landlords and Lodgers: Socio-Spatial Organization in an Accra Communityby Deborah Pellow
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
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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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
The Urban Cultural Context
Strangers, Struggles, and the Creation
Sabon Zongo: Environmental Delimitations
Ties That Bind
Anthill Architecture: The Involuted Compound
Compound Social Space: Transformations through Living
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