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Expectations of Modernity

Myths and Meanings of Urban Life on the Zambian Copperbelt

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Expectations of Modernity by James Ferguson
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Description

Once lauded as the wave of the African future, Zambia's 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 Copperbelt's recent history. He instead develops alternative analytic tools appropriate for an "ethnography of decline".

Author Biography

James Ferguson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of The Anti-Politics Machine: "Development," Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho (1990). He is also coeditor, with Akhil Gupta, of Anthropological Locations: Boundaries and Grounds of a Field Science (California, 1997) and Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology (1997).
Release date Australia
October 1st, 1999
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
7 figures, 7 tables, 3 maps.
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
343
Dimensions
152x229x25
ISBN-13
9780520217027
Product ID
1906839

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