Place Names in Africa

Colonial Urban Legacies, Entangled Histories

  • Liora Bigon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gordon H. Pirie
    Pages 143-157
  3. Ambe Njoh, Liora Bigon
    Pages 221-223
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-229

About this book


This volume examines the discursive relations between indigenous, colonial and post-colonial legacies of place-naming in Africa in terms of the production of urban space and place. It is conducted by tracing and analysing place-naming processes, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa during colonial times (British, French, Belgian, Portuguese), with a considerable attention to both the pre-colonial and post-colonial situations.

By combining in-depth area studies research – some of the contributions are of ethnographic quality – with colonial history, planning history and geography, the authors intend to show that culture matters in research on place names.  
This volume goes beyond the recent understanding obtained in critical studies of nomenclature, normally based on lists of official names, that place naming reflects the power of political regimes, nationalism, and ideology.


Colonial Planning History Cultural Geography Indigineous and Colonial Naming Legacies Toponymy in Africa Urbanisation in Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Liora Bigon
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of Western CulturesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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