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Title:Some theoretical models, methods and concepts of urban anthropology in Sudan: the case of Tuti Island revisited
Author:Arango, Luisa
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:urban planning
urban anthropology
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2014.971831
Abstract:Throughout the twentieth century, the city of Khartoum was the subject of analyses and knowledge produced by diverse actors, such as scholars, urban planners, government agents and institutions, urban dwellers and, more recently, actors from the humanitarian and private sectors. The aim of this article is to offer a critical analysis of Sudan urban studies from the 1970s onwards, and to illustrate their strengths and shortcomings. A revisitation of the work of anthropologist Richard Lobban on Tuti Island, where the author recently conducted ethnographic fieldwork, allows her to comment on Marxist anthropology as the theoretical framework used by Sudanist scholars in the early decades of urban studies, to focus on methodological strategies for data collection, and to analyse the use of concepts such as 'urbanisation' and 'community'. The author mentions recent academic approaches to the treatment of the urban question and suggests a research agenda for urban studies in Sudan. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]