Landlords and Lodgers: Socio-Spatial Organization in an Accra Community

Paperback | July 1, 2008

byDeborah Pellow

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Landlords and Lodgers analyzes the results of a long-term study of a Ghanaian zongo, or “stranger quarter”—a place of refuge for Hausa migrants from northern Nigeria who have relocated to the city of Accra. Deborah Pellow explores the relationships among community members both in terms of the built structures—rooms, doors, communal structures, and hallways—and of the social networks, institutions, and routine activities that define this unique urban neighborhood. This volume will be useful to students and scholars of the relationships between architecture, migration, and social change.
 
“This richly observed and lovingly constructed portrait of a distinctive community will be of interest to spatially informed scholars of religion, immigration, minority communities, and gender.”—Gender, Place and Culture
 
“This theoretically informed, well-researched, and closely written book should be quite useful. . . . A fine case study of urban sense of place in a unique, yet in some ways emblematic, West African neighborhood.”—Gareth Myers, Professional Geographer
 
 

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Landlords and Lodgers analyzes the results of a long-term study of a Ghanaian zongo, or “stranger quarter”—a place of refuge for Hausa migrants from northern Nigeria who have relocated to the city of Accra. Deborah Pellow explores the relationships among community members both in terms of the built structures—rooms, doors, communal str...

Deborah Pellow is professor of anthropology and director of Integrated Studies in Space and Place at Syracuse University. She is the author of numerous books, including Setting Boundaries: The Anthropology of Spatial and Social Organization.  
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226653978

ISBN - 13:9780226653976

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Glossary
Preface

1    Introduction
2    The Urban Cultural Context
3    Strangers, Struggles, and the Creation of Sabon Zongo
4    Sabon Zongo: Environmental Delimitations
5    Ties That Bind
6    Everyday Life
7    Anthill Architecture: The Involuted Compound
8    Compound Social Space: Transformations through Living
9    Conclusion: Zongwanci

Appendix
Bibliography
index

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“This theoretically informed, well-researched, and closely written book should be quite useful in middle- and upper-level urban geography classes as well as in African geography classes as a fine case study of urban sense of place in a unique, yet in some ways emblematic, West African neighborhood.”