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High and low in the townscapes of Dutch South America and South Africa: the dialectics of material culture

Hall, M 1991, 'High and low in the townscapes of Dutch South America and South Africa: the dialectics of material culture' , Social Dynamics-a Journal of the Centre for African Studies University of Cape Town, 17 (2) , pp. 41-75.

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Abstract

The Dutch East and West India Companies established colonies in the Caribbean, Brazil and at the Cape of Good Hope. The resulting townscapes can be read as artefacts of domination - attempts to stamp order on the chaos of newly-colonized lands. But at the same time, such built forms incorporated knowledge of the "low-other" - the underclasses in highly hierarchical colonial worlds. As a result, the experience of resistance (rarely directly visible in such public constructions as street grids and building facades) was incorporated into the symbolic language of dominance, setting up a dialectical relationship between the High and the Low.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CAPE
Themes: Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Strategic Leadership Team
Journal or Publication Title: Social Dynamics-a Journal of the Centre for African Studies University of Cape Town
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0253-3952
Depositing User: AL Sherwin
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 15:37
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:15
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/7465

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