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Title:The objects of life in Central Africa: the history of consumption and social change, 1840-1980
Editors:Ross, RobertISNI
Hinfelaar, MarjaISNI
Pesa, IvaISNI
Series:Afrika-Studiecentrum series (ISSN 1570-9310)
City of publisher:Leiden
ISBN:9004256245; 9789004256248; 1299829902; 9781299829909
Geographic term:Zambia
retail trade
rail transport
economic history
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/37796
Abstract:This collection brings together a set of essays on the history of consumption in central Africa, with a special focus on Zambia. The circulation of people, goods and ideas throughout the area is one of the main concerns of the book. The first part, dealing with the precolonial period, takes a stand on the role of long-distance trade: chapters by David M. Gordon on the effects of imported goods on the local political economy of south central Africa, and Donatien Dibwe Dia Mwembu on the role of firearms in the Songye region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The second part examines issues of migration, mobility and innovation: chapters by J. Jeffrey Hoover on international migratory flow as it appears in the life stories of early Methodist adepts in Katanga (DRC) and Zambia, Michael Barrett on consumption and social status among labour migrants from Barotseland (1935-1965), and Kenneth P. Vickery on railways and railway culture in the Rhodesias. Part three investigates advertising and entrepreneurship: chapters by Walima T. Kalusa on the advertising of manufactured goods on the Zambian Copperbelt after the Second World War, and Karen Tranberg Hansen on imported sewing machines and the small-scale tailoring sector in Zambia. The final part focuses on traders: chapters by Friday Mufuzi on Indian traders in Livingstone, notably the Sharma Brothers' Trading Store (1950s-1964), Bizeck J. Phiri on Indian traders in Chipata District, Eastern Province of Zambia, Marja Hinfelaar on the success and decline of Robinson Nabulyato's trading enterprises, and Iva Pesa on trading stores in Mwinilunga District from 1940 to 1970. [ASC Leiden abstract]