Commodifying water in coastal tanzania: Natural resource management and social relations, 1926-1937
Based on a close read of colonial archives from Dar es Salaam, this article examines how the commodification and regulation of water led to friction between residents and colonial officials in Mikindani, Tanzania shortly after Britain's acquisition of the territory. Questions of failed development and technology transfer are juxtaposed against African desires for new relationships with material goods to examine how regulatory projects falter for lack of environmental knowledge, investment, and social awareness. Starting with a basic analysis of coastal practices surrounding water, the article delves into the colonial administrative debates over water delivery systems, fee schedules, and surveys as a means to show how colonial assumptions created obstacles for African consumers who wanted to benefit from this modern package of goods.
African Studies Quarterly
Kelly. (2016). Commodifying Water in Coastal Tanzania: Natural Resource Management and Social Relations, 1926-1937. African Studies Quarterly, 16(2), 1–25.