Growing : an environmental history of urban expansion in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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A study of environment and place, “Growing” is an examination of urban transformation that focuses on Dar es Salaam’s geographical and social fringes. This work examines the physical expansion of Tanzania’s largest city from independence until the implementation of Structural Adjustment Programs in the mid 1980s. The goal of this work is threefold: to examine how new migrants to the city accessed important resources, to analyze how their tactics for survival change the environment and geography of the city and lastly, to consider the political battles that ensued over these resources and the city’s changing landscape. To deconstruct the nature of this geographical expansion, each chapter focuses on a different fundamental element of the city including land use, food scarcity and production, the politics of waste management, how citizens navigated city spaces in the face of dramatic transportation shortages and how national and transnational narratives of development influenced (and neglected) the formation of the city.