Imagineering the City and Naturalizing Difference: The Politics of Spatial Reorganization in Harar

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Author : Laura Bisaillon, PhD

Year : 2012

The ways in which city form and urban planning have been recurringly used as political
instruments in Harar, Ethiopia, is the focus of this article in three parts. This inquiry is framed within the theoretical approach provided by anthropologist Setha LOW (1996). The empirically
informed arguement is that successive governments—Abyssinian, Italian, Ethiopian, and Harari—employed similar city design and planning strategies to advance particular state interests
and/or the interests of designated sets of people.