The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century

The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century

by Vivian Bickford-Smith

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The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century by Vivian Bickford-Smith

Focusing on South Africa's three main cities - Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban - this book explores South African urban history from the late nineteenth century onwards. In particular, it examines the metropolitan perceptions and experiences of both black and white South Africans, as well as those of visitors, especially visitors from Britain and North America. Drawing on a rich array of city histories, travel writing, novels, films, newspapers, radio and television programs, and oral histories, Vivian Bickford-Smith focuses on the consequences of the depictions of the South African metropolis and the 'slums' they contained, and especially on how senses of urban belonging and geography helped create and reinforce South African ethnicities and nationalisms. This ambitious and pioneering account, spanning more than a century, will be welcomed by scholars and students of African history, urban history, and historical geography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107002937
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/06/2016
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 873,509
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x (d)

About the Author

Vivian Bickford-Smith is Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University and Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Inventing British cities in Africa; 3. More Babylon than Birmingham?; 4. Selling sunlit cities; 5. Bitter cries and black Baudelaires; 6. Remembrance of things past.

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