Musseque Nation: Uncivil Citizens and Urban Space in Luanda, Angola

Presented by Claudia Gastrow

Monday, 7 March, 2016 - 15:00

This paper explores the the making of citizenship through ideologies and imaginations of architecture and urban space in Luanda, Angola. More specifically, it explores how residents of Luanda's musseques came to be framed as neither properly urban nor rural, essentially as an urbanism gone wrong, even as they formed the popular base of politics under the MPLA state. Using secondary sources, interviews, ethnographic observations of construction processes and houses and the analysis of advertisements aimed at teaching the population "proper" comportment this paper explores the making of differentiated citizenship through imaginations of improper urbanism.

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