Becoming Jinja
The Production of Space and Making
of Place in an African Industrial Town

By Andrew Byerley
Stockholm Studies in Human Geography, No. 13
December 2005
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 9185445088
493 pages, Illustrated, 5 " x 8"
$125.00 Paper Original


This is a Ph.D. dissertation. The years immediately preceding and following W.W.II marked a turning point in British colonial policy in Africa. In this doctoral thesis, which focuses on colonial and post-colonial Uganda, this turning point is approached in terms of a shift in would-be hegemonic socio-spatial diagrams of power. In turn, the town of Jinja is approached in terms of having constituted a strong point with shifting functions in a series of contested diagrams of power over time.

Drawing on the theoretical work of Foucault, Deleuze & Guattari, and Lefebvre, particularly that pertaining to discursive regimes of power-knowledge, space and the subject, the author seeks to show how projects and architectures of socio-spatial ordering instituted by dominant producers of space (principally the colonial and post-independence states, and capital) have impacted on - and in turn been influenced and translated by - the everyday projects of people in place.

History / Sociology

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