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The suburban frontier: middle-class construction in Dar es Salaam

Mercer, Claire ORCID: 0000-0003-0991-3693 (2024) The suburban frontier: middle-class construction in Dar es Salaam. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520402386

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Identification Number: 10.1525/luminos.199


African cities are under construction. Beyond the urban redevelopment schemes and large-scale infrastructure projects reconfiguring central city skylines, the majority of urban residents are putting their resources into finding land and building homes on the city edges. As the first book-length analysis of Africa’s suburban middle-class, The Suburban Frontier examines how self-built housing on the urban periphery has become central to middle-class formation and urban transformation in contemporary Tanzania. Drawing on original qualitative and ethnographic field research in the city of Dar es Salaam, Claire Mercer writes a detailed exposition of how the "suburban frontier" has become the place where Africa’s middle classes are shaped. This book offers a new lens on the African middle classes, making significant contributions to the study of urban social change in Africa and urbanization in the Global South.

Item Type: Book
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Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2024 16:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:37

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