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Dirty Familiars:  Colonial Encounters in African Cities
by Stephanie Newell

This essay argues that the category of dirt has a long history of use in anti-cosmopolitan discourses and hate-speech in urban encounters, dating back at least to the colonial period, and that, when used to interpret the tastes and consumption practices of cultural strangers, dirt marks both a failure of interpretation and a visceral acknowledgement of that failure on the part of the beholder.

Dirt; imperialism; Africa; Lever Brothers; homophobia; ethnicity; urbanization.

Full text: Dirty Familiars: Colonial Encounters in African Cities by Stephanie Newell [PDF 311.58KB]


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