Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt James Ferguson

ISBN:

Published:

Kindle Edition

353 pages


Description

Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt  by  James   Ferguson

Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt by James Ferguson
| Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 353 pages | ISBN: | 3.69 Mb

Once lauded as the wave of the African future, Zambias economic boom in the 1960s and early 1970s was fueled by the export of copper and other primary materials. Since the mid-1970s, however, the urban economy has rapidly deteriorated, leavingMoreOnce lauded as the wave of the African future, Zambias economic boom in the 1960s and early 1970s was fueled by the export of copper and other primary materials.

Since the mid-1970s, however, the urban economy has rapidly deteriorated, leaving workers scrambling to get by. Expectations of Modernity explores the social and cultural responses to this prolonged period of sharp economic decline. Focusing on the experiences of mineworkers in the Copperbelt region, James Ferguson traces the failure of standard narratives of urbanization and social change to make sense of the Copperbelts recent history. He instead develops alternative analytic tools appropriate for an ethnography of decline.Ferguson shows how the Zambian copper workers understand their own experience of social, cultural, and economic advance and decline.

Fergusons ethnographic study transports us into their lives—the dynamics of their relations with family and friends, as well as copper companies and government agencies.Theoretically sophisticated and vividly written, Expectations of Modernity will appeal not only to those interested in Africa today, but to anyone contemplating the illusory successes of todays globalizing economy.



Enter the sum





Related Archive Books



Related Books


Comments

Comments for "Expectations of Modernity: Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt":


gertnyg.com

©2009-2015 | DMCA | Contact us