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Author Tvedten, Inge,
Title "As long as they don't bury me here" : social relations of poverty in a Namibian shantytown / Inge Tvedten ; introduction by Michael Bollig.
Imprint Basel, Switzerland : Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 2011.

Author Tvedten, Inge,
Series Basel Namibia Studies Series, 2234-9561 ; 11
Basel Namibia studies series ; 11.
Subject Squatter settlements -- Namibia -- Oshakati.
Poverty -- Namibia -- Oshakati.
Social networks -- Namibia -- Oshakati.
Oshakati (Namibia) -- Social conditions.
Alt Name Bollig, Michael,
Description 1 online resource (216 pages) : illustrations, maps, graphs, photographs, tables
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary An increasing number of poor Southern Africans live in poverty-stricken urban slums or shantytowns. Focusing on four shantytowns in the northern Namibian town of Oshakati, this book analyses the coping strategies of the poorest sections of such populations. The study is based on fieldwork conducted intermittently during a period of 10 years. It combines theories of political, economic and cultural structuration, and of the material and cultural basis for social relations of inclusion and exclusion as practise. The poorest shanty dwellers are marginalised or excluded from vital urban and rural relationships and forced into social relations of poverty amongst themselves. Having experienced long-term processes of impoverishment, the very poorest and most destitute in the shantytowns tend to give up improving their lives and act in ways that further undermine their position.
Contents Back cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Telling their story over many years. An introduction; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Glossary; 1 Introduction; The Setting; Poverty in Anthropology; Analytical Framework; Chapter Outline; 2 The Making of Oshakati and its Shantytowns; Colonial Encounters; War and Atrocities; Oshakati -- 'A Place Where People Meet'; Moving to Town; Urban Complexity; Shanty Relationships; Shanty Poverty at Independence; 3 Global Space and Urban Place; Flows of the State; Flows of the Market; Flows of the Media; Democracy Comes to Town.
4 The Shanty Population and InequalitiesPopulation and Household Characteristics; Material Conditions; Conclusion; 5 Social Relations of Poverty; 6 Rural Links; Urban-Rural Links; The Better Off; The Poor; Age and Gender; Rural-Urban Links; Dealing with Uncertainty; 7 Urban Connections; The Cosmopolitans; The Straddlers; Men Straddlers; Women Straddlers; The Shanty Localists; Localised Men; Localised Women; Social Isolation; 8 Intra-Household Relationships; Forms of Domesticity; Cohabitation; Single-Headed Households; Conjugal Unions; Manhood and Womanhood; Intergenerational Relations.
Violence and Abuse9 Overwhelmed by Poverty; 10 Conclusions; Abbreviations; List of Figures; List of Maps; List of Tables; Bibliography; Index; Back cover.
ISBN 9783905758443 (electronic bk.)
390575844X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 908063386
Additional Format Print version: Tvedten, Inge. "As long as they don't bury me here" : social relations of poverty in a Namibian shantytown. Basel, Switzerland : Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 2011 xiv, 197 pages Basel Namibia studies series ; 11 2234-9561 9783905758245

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