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Title:We are not farmers: dilemmas and prospects of residential suburban cultivators in contemporary Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Author:Owens, Geoffrey RossISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:urban sociology
urban agriculture
class formation
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X16000392
Abstract:Today, a majority of citizens of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, participate in suburban and exurban growth and development much like urbanites throughout the world. Unlike the garden suburbs of North America or Europe, Dar es Salaam's suburban residents often engage in multiple income-generating activities, the most common and conspicuous of which are cultivation and animal husbandry. The presence of urban farming has suggested that Dar es Salaam's residents represent peasants incrementally transitioning to urban life. This article however, contends that everything from the varieties of cultivation, access to land and water, to the definition of what it means to be a farmer is shaped by decentralised private interests controlling access to land and resources in suburban neighbourhoods. The varieties of cultivation and animal husbandry instead reflect socioeconomic class distinctions emerging from a new suburban political economy, enabling a clearer perspective on the prospects of cultivators as these suburban districts transform. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]