Expectations of modernity [electronic resource] : myths and meanings of urban life on the Zambian Copperbelt / James Ferguson.
- Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c1999.
- Perspectives on Southern Africa ; 57.
Perspectives on Southern Africa ; 57
1 online resource (352 p.)
- 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.
- Electronic books.
- Once lauded as the wave of the African future, Zambia's economic boom in the 1960's and early 1970's was fueled by the export of copper and other primary materials. Since the mid-1970's, 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. "Ferguson shows how the Zambian copper workers understand their own experience of social, cultural, and economic "advance" and "decline." Ferguson's 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 today's globalizing economy.
- Front matter
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Cases
1. The Copperbelt in Theory
2. Expectations of Permanence
3. Rural Connections, Urban Styles
4. "Back to the Land"?
5. Expectations of Domesticity
6. Asia in Miniature
7. Global Disconnect
Postscript: December 1998
Appendix: Mineworkers' Letters
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-320) and index.
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