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The changing nature of the Peri-Urban Zone in Africa: evidence from Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania

Briggs, J.A., and Mwamfupe, D. (1999) The changing nature of the Peri-Urban Zone in Africa: evidence from Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania. Scottish Geographical Journal, 115 (4). pp. 269-282. ISSN 1470-2541 (doi:10.1080/00369229918737070)

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Abstract

Research on the peri-urban zones of African cities since the mid-1980s has focused around three main themes, these being peri-urban agriculture as a survival strategy, debates about the relative efficiencies of peri-urban agriculture, and the question of production priorities. Drawing on recent evidence from Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, this paper suggest that a combination of structural adjustment measures and the eased economic crisis in Tanzania has changed conditions, the result of which has been the increasing commodification of land in the peri-urban zone during the 1990s. This has turned the per-urban zone more into a zone of investment and economic opportunity, rather than a zone of survival, with the result that the poorer urban groups are being increasingly excluded. A further complication concerns confusion arising out of current Tanzanian land law, and particularly the tensions between customary and statutory law.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Briggs, Prof John
Authors: Briggs, J.A., and Mwamfupe, D.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Scottish Geographical Journal
Publisher:The Royal Scottish Geographical Society
ISSN:1470-2541
ISSN (Online):1751-665X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1999 The Royal Scottish Geographical Society
First Published:First published in the Scottish Geographical Journal 115(4):269-282
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Publisher

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