Gone to Ground

A History of Environment and Infrastructure in Dar es Salaam

Gone to Ground is the story of Dar es Salaam’s environment and infrastructure as told through the central tension between the city and the countryside, a recurrent theme that anchors the wide-ranging material in this book and maps it on to broader debates about cities and environmental histories in the Global South and in sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Brownell captures the ways in which the city’s inhabitants constantly brought the rural into the city, in terms of materials, practices, and ways of using the environment. The book brings an avowedly political Third World perspective to the long tradition of work on urban-rural connections in African Studies, insisting that we examine what these things look like on the ground, from a different place.
Claire Mercer, London School of Economics

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Emily Brownell

Emily Brownell is a Lecturer in Environmental History at the University of Edinburgh. Her work focuses on environmental, technological, and planning histories in Africa.

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