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Title:Between local and colonial perceptions: the history of slum clearances in Lagos (Nigeria), 1924-1960
Author:Bigon, LioraISNI
Periodical:African and Asian Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:informal settlements
urban renewal
colonial period
urban history
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921008X273088
Abstract:Following the establishment of British rule in Lagos in the mid-19th century, the precolonial settlement became most central in West Africa, economically and administratively. Yet, scarce resources at the disposal of the colonial government and its exploitive nature prevented any serious remedy for the increasingly pressing residential needs. This article examines slum clearances in Lagos from the early 20th century until the decolonization era in Nigeria (the 1950s), from a perspective of cultural history. This perspective reveals the width of the conceptual gaps between the colonizers and the colonized, and the chronic mutual misunderstanding regarding the nature of slums and the appropriate ways to eliminate them. Tracing the indigenous perceptions and reactions concerning slum clearance shows that the colonial situation was far from being an overwhelmingly hegemonic one. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]