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Author Ferguson, James, 1959-
Title Expectations of modernity : myths and meanings of urban life on the Zambian Copperbelt / James Ferguson.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999.

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Author Ferguson, James, 1959-
Series Perspectives on Southern Africa ; 57
Perspectives on Southern Africa ; 57.
Subject Urban anthropology -- Zambia -- Copperbelt Province.
Urbanization -- Zambia -- Copperbelt Province.
Industrialization -- Zambia -- Copperbelt Province.
Copper industry and trade -- Zambia -- Copperbelt Province.
Copper mines and mining -- Zambia -- Copperbelt Province.
Zambia -- Social conditions -- 1964-
Zambia -- Economic conditions -- 1964-
Zambia -- Politics and government.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 326 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-320) and index.
Contents The Copperbelt in Theory: From "Emerging Africa" to the Ethnography of Decline -- Expectations of Permanence: Mobile Workers, Modernist Narratives, and the "Full House" of Urban-Rural Residential Strategies -- Rural Connections, Urban Styles: Theorizing Cultural Dualism -- "Back to the Land"?: The Micropolitical Economy of "Return" Migration -- Expectations of Domesticity: Men, Women, and "the Modern Family" -- Asia in Miniature: Signfication, Noise, and Cosmopolitan Style -- Global Disconnect: Abjection and the Aftermath of Modernism -- Postscript: December 1998 -- Appendix: MIneworkers' Letters.
Summary 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 his.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520922280 (electronic bk.)
052092228X (electronic bk.)
0585283036 (electronic bk.)
9780585283036 (electronic bk.)
9780520217027 (alk. paper)
0520217020 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0520217012 (alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9780520217027
OCLC # 45730914
Additional Format Print version: Ferguson, James, 1959- Expectations of modernity. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999 0520217020 (DLC) 98047355 (OCoLC)40119700

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