Keeping House in Lusaka

by Karen Tranberg Hansen

Keeping House in Lusaka Synopsis

This book pens a window on the experiences of urban people living through one of Africa's most dramatic economic declines in the postcolonial era by focusing on such broad themes as household dynamics, gender politics, and informal economy in Mtendere. The author argues that African urbanism is not purely a product of colonialism but a result of a wide variety of influences both local and foreign.

Keeping House in Lusaka Press Reviews

Hansen captures the complexity of life and the hard choices that urban people (and especially women) must make, with brilliant sensitivity to personal triumphs as well as crushing disappointments. Readers meet brave and resourceful people in a spirited book that manages to be innovative, accessible, informative, and uplifting, while remaining realistic. Hansen captures the complexity of life and the hard choices that urban people (and especially women) must make, with brilliant sensitivity to personal triumphs as well as crushing disappointments. Readers meet brave and resourceful people in a spirited book that manages to be innovative, accessible, informative, and uplifting, while remaining realistic. -- Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780231081436
Publication date: 22nd October 1996
Author: Karen Tranberg Hansen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Anthropology, Home & house maintenance, Urban communities,

About Karen Tranberg Hansen

Karen Tranberg Hansen is professor of anthropology at Northwestern University.

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