Read e-book online Welcome to Greater Edendale: Histories of Environment, PDF

By Marc Epprecht

within the coming a long time, the majority of Africa's expected city inhabitants development will happen in smaller towns. Failure to control environmental and public illnesses in a single such aspiring urban, Edendale, has fostered serious toxins, possible intractable poverty, and gender inequalities that at once gas one of many worst HIV/AIDS pandemics on the earth.

A nuanced and well timed presentation of South African responses to altering instances, stipulations, possibilities, and country interventions, Welcome to bigger Edendale reconstructs approximately centuries of contestation over land, governance, human rights, id, housing, sanitation, public well-being, and the that means of improvement. Bringing gender and overall healthiness matters to the foreground, Marc Epprecht unearths many unforeseen or forgotten triumphs opposed to environmental injustice, but additionally unsettling continuities among colonial, apartheid, and post-apartheid guidelines to spur monetary progress. Sheltered from the glare of nationwide media and infrequently ignored by way of students, smaller towns like Edendale allure political patronage, corruption, and violent protests, whereas quick weather swap provides to additional pressure their infrastructure, social companies, and public health.

A not easy, leading edge, and considerate exam of the heritage and politics of South Africa, Welcome to larger Edendale questions the typical assumptions embedded in environmental coverage, gender relatives, democracy, and the neoliberal version of improvement within which such a lot of African towns are ensnared.

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