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The Emergence of the South African Metropolis

Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century

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The Emergence of the South African Metropolis by Vivian Bickford-Smith
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Focusing on South Africa's three main cities - Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban - this book explores South African urban history from the late nineteenth century onwards. In particular, it examines the metropolitan perceptions and experiences of both black and white South Africans, as well as those of visitors, especially visitors from Britain and North America. Drawing on a rich array of city histories, travel writing, novels, films, newspapers, radio and television programs, and oral histories, Vivian Bickford-Smith focuses on the consequences of the depictions of the South African metropolis and the 'slums' they contained, and especially on how senses of urban belonging and geography helped create and reinforce South African ethnicities and nationalisms. This ambitious and pioneering account, spanning more than a century, will be welcomed by scholars and students of African history, urban history, and historical geography.

Author Biography

Vivian Bickford-Smith is Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University and Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.
Release date Australia
May 16th, 2016
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
14 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 7 maps
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
340
Dimensions
152x228x20
ISBN-13
9781107002937
Product ID
24356565

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