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.Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Memory, Text and Place
|Schools:||Schools > No Research Centre
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
|Journal or Publication Title:||Social Dynamics-a Journal of the Centre for African Studies University of Cape Town|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Depositing User:||AL Sherwin|
|Date Deposited:||07 Apr 2010 14:37|
|Last Modified:||29 Oct 2015 00:36|
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