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Leisure and Society in Colonial Brazzaville
In this book, Phyllis Martin, a well-known Africanist scholar, opens up a whole new field of African research: the leisure activities of urban Africans. Her comprehensive study, set in colonial Brazzaville and based on a wide variety of written sources and interviews, investigates recreational activities from football and fashion to music, dance and night life. In it, she ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published June 24th 2002 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 11th 1996)
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What is a town? What is a village? These seem to be pressing question for the colonial officials of Brazzaville. While I appreciate that Martin brings this preoccupation to visibility, her treatment of the question moves little beyond description. I wanted her to explore what theses of civilization might be at stake in making the distinction between “European town” and “poor village.” Since she didn’t, I want to try. First, to be a village seems to mean occupy a lower rung of civilization, as is ...more