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Title:Ambivalent inheritance: Jinja Town in search of a postcolonial refrain
Author:Byerley, AndrewISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:urban planning
urban history
urban life
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17531055.2011.611675
Abstract:Jinja Town in Uganda, selected as one of five centres of growth in the post-Second World War era of colonial developmentism, is perennially represented in the Ugandan media as the quintessential industrial town gone off track. This is particularly evident for the case of the African housing estates built in Jinja in the 1950s where the dominant everyday rhythm is no longer dictated by the factory siren or the monthly wage but is instead a landscape scored by multiple rhythms. By conceptualizing these estates as inherited machines - still loaded with a profusion of signs and objects from the era of the modern industrial 'refrain' - this paper both illustrates the colonial planning rationality and examines contemporary processes of vernacular urbanism and contestations surrounding 're-occupations' of the postcolonial city. It is argued that any a priori invocation of a generic form of vernacular urbanism that is (or is not) to be prioritised over or 'mixed' with a Western planning cycle is to be seriously questioned. Instead, the case study shows how historically mediated place specificities complicate the notion that the logics of place making can be unproblematically abstracted from. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]