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States of uncertainty: middle class accumulation in suburban Dar es Salaam

Title
States of uncertainty: middle class accumulation in suburban Dar es Salaam
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Claire Mercer # London School of Economics
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Date and Time
18th Oct 2017 16:00 - 18th Oct 2017 17:30
Location
Seminar Room 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2017_2018/states_of_uncertainty_middle_class_accumulation_in_suburban_dar_es_salaam

In this seminar I will report on recent research looking at the relationship between the middle classes, land and housing in suburban Dar es Salaam. While much attention has rightly been paid to rural land-grabbing in Africa, all the while middle-class suburbanites have also been engaging in an ‘urban land-grab’. I consider how and where land is being accumulated and for what purposes. Middle class accumulation is highly precarious, however. The second part of the paper explores some of the current challenges to the accumulation of land and buildings and looks at the varying attempts made by middle class suburbanites, and the state, to secure value from the suburban landscape. 

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