Conakry: un modèle de ville coloniale française? Règlements fonciers et urbanisme, de 1885 aux années 1920 (Conakry: A Model of French Colonial Town? Landrights and Town-Planning, from 1885 to the 1920s) | Land Portal

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December 1985
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The dynamics of land occupation in Conakry is approached from the angle of both the colonial authorities and the local dwellers. The former took upon themselves the power of allocating plots and strove to enforce a colonial urban pattern. The latter succeeded in partly appropriating the town in spite of the minutiae of the law. As the urban area extended, Conakry was divided into three zones according to an ordinance of 1905. Although the third zone was officially termed 'native', there were no ethnic or national criteria. The zoning rules were based upon building standards (technique and material) and the status of occupancy (precarious or definitive deed). Thus the usual colonial discourse, with its frequently racialist connotations--separation of ways of life, obsession about diseases...--did in fact conceal a reality with a more social basis, since residential prohibitions were never individual.

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Goerg, Odile


The Cahiers d’Études africaines, founded in 1960, have ever since favored the publication of previously unpublished articles, original investigations along with confirmed or emerging theoretical contributions.  While encouraging interdisciplinary perspectives, the journal concentrates on anthropological and historical research on Africa and societies linked to Africa throughout the world. The publication of articles in French and English contributes to the international recognition of the journal.

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