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Ambivalent Inheritance: Jinja town in search of a postcolonial refrain
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Eastern African Studies, ISSN 1753-1055, Vol. 5, no 3, 482-504 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract. Jinja Town in Uganda, selected as one of five centres of growth in the post-WWII era of colonial developmentism, is perennially represented in the Ugandan media as the quintessential industrial town gone off-track. This is particularly evident for the case of the African housing estates built in Jinja in the 1950s where the dominant everyday rhythm is no longer dictated by the factory siren or the monthly wage but instead is a landscape scored by multiple rhythms. By conceptually positioning these estates as inherited machines – ones still loaded with a profusion of signs and objects from the era of the modern industrial ‘refrain’ – this paper seeks both to illustrate the colonial planning rationality and to examine contemporary processes of vernacular urbanism and contestations surrounding ‘re-occupations’ of the post-colonial city. It is argued that we need to seriously question any a priori invocation of a generic ‘form’ of vernacular urbanism that is (or is not) to be prioritized over or ‘mixed’ with a Western planning cycle. Instead, the case study shows how historical and place specificities complicate the notion that the logics of place making can be unproblematically abstracted from.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2011. Vol. 5, no 3, 482-504 p.
Keyword [en]
Urbanism, Uganda, Planning
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66607OAI: diva2:468037
Colonial and Postcolonial Governmentality and Urban Planning in Africa
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved

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