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Boundary work: becoming middle class in suburban Dar es Salaam

Mercer, Claire ORCID: 0000-0003-0991-3693 (2020) Boundary work: becoming middle class in suburban Dar es Salaam. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 44 (3). 521 - 536. ISSN 0309-1317

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-2427.12733


Suburban space provides a useful window onto contemporary class practices in Africa, where it is difficult to identify social classes on the basis of income or occupation. In this article I argue that the middle classes and the suburbs are mutually constitutive in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. Using interviews with residents and local government officials in the city's northern suburbs, I discuss the material and representational practices of middle-class boundary work in relation to land and landscape. If the middle classes do not presently constitute a coherent political-economic force, they are nevertheless transforming the city's former northern peri-urban zones into desirable suburban residential neighbourhoods.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Urban Research Publications Limited
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 14:02
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 18:15
Funders: LSE STICERD, LSE Seed Fund

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