(Read Kindle) ⚡ Age of Concrete: Housing and the Shape of Aspiration in the Capital of Mozambique õ eBook or E-pub free

(Read Kindle) õ Age of Concrete: Housing and the Shape of Aspiration in the Capital of Mozambique ó Age of Concrete is a history of the making of houses and homes in the sub rbios of Maputo Louren o Marques , Mozambique, from the late s to the present Often dismissed as undifferentiated, ahistorical slums, these neighborhoods are in fact an open air archive that reveals some of people s highest aspirations At first people built in reeds Then they built in wood and zinc panels And finally, even when it was illegal, they risked building in concrete block, making permanent homes in a place where their presence was often excruciatingly precariousUnlike many histories of the built environment in African cities, Age of Concrete focuses on ordinary homebuilders and dwellers David Morton thus models a different way of thinking about urban politics during the era of decolonization, when one of the central dramas was the construction of the urban stage itself It shaped how people related not only to each other but also to the colonial state and later to the independent state as it stumbled into beingOriginal, deeply researched, and beautifully composed, this book speaks in innovative ways to scholarship on urban history, colonialism and decolonization, and the postcolonial state Replete with rare photographs and other materials from private collections, Age of Concrete establishes Morton as one of a handful of scholars breaking new ground on how we understand Africa s cities