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African Underclass: Urbanisation, Crime & Colonial Order in Dar Es Salaam (Eastern African Studies)

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African Underclass examines the social, political, and administrative repercussions of rapid urbanization in colonial Dar es Salaam, and the evolution of official policy that viewed urbanization as inextricably linked with social disorder. This policy marginalized numbers of young Africans entering the town---and thus, paradoxically, the policy itself subverted the colonial order. "Well researched and sharply written---one of the best and most stimulating accounts of urbanization in Eastern Africa to have been produced in recent years."---John McCracken, emeritus professor of history, University of StirlingAndrew Burton is assistant director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

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Under colonial British rule, Dar es Salaam grew from a small Tankanyikan (now Tazanian) town to a city of almost 200,000. Burton (assistant director, British Institute in Eastern Africa) explores the connection between this rapid urbanization and crime, specifically in the context of efforts by British colonial managers to define the urban colonial order. After providing the colonial urban policy context and discussing the disconnection between illegality and illegitimacy in a society where laws are imposed by an alien minority, he provides portraits of Dar es Salaam's "professional" criminals and of petty and opportunistic crime, which comprised the majority of criminal activity. He then considers the city's informal economy and colonial legislation outlawing such activity, laws designed to restrict African mobility, and how colonial efforts to control the character of the African urban population helped define and create an underclass seen and feared as "criminal" by colonial elites.
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Under colonial British rule, Dar es Salaam grew from a small Tankanyikan (now Tazanian) town to a city of almost 200,000. Burton (assistant director, British Institute in Eastern Africa) explores the connection between this rapid urbanization and crime, specifically in the context of efforts by British colonial managers to define the urban colonial order. After providing the colonial urban policy context and discussing the disconnection between illegality and illegitimacy in a society where laws are imposed by an alien minority, he provides portraits of Dar es Salaam's "professional" criminals and of petty and opportunistic crime, which comprised the majority of criminal activity. He then considers the city's informal economy and colonial legislation outlawing such activity, laws designed to restrict African mobility, and how colonial efforts to control the character of the African urban population helped define and create an underclass seen and feared as "criminal" by colonial elites. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821416358
Author:
Burton, Andrew
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Africa, east
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Urbanization -- Tanzania -- Dar es Salaam.
Subject:
Crime - Tanzania - Dar es Salaam - History -
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Eastern African Studies
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.50 x 5.25 in

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