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Modern housing,expatriate practitioners and the Volta River Project in decolonising Ghana
Viviana d’Auria

hegemonic’. 4 These issues are explored here in relation to decolonising Ghana, and specifically to the role of expatriate experts in housing design related to the Volta River Project (VRP) from 1951 to 1966. In placing emphasis on cultural dimensions, this chapter reflects a more complex definition of decolonisation itself, which is not of political liberation alone (which took place

in Cultures of decolonisation
Dakar between garden city and cité-jardin
Liora Bigon

expatriate society, and to foster informal racial segregation between white and indigenous residential sectors. Beyond the official discourse, the popular views of contemporary commentators concerning cités-jardins in French West Africa only strengthen the image sought by the colonial administration. Citésjardins , and especially the greenness of their associated imagery

in Garden cities and colonial planning
From the Howardian model to garden housing estates
Charlotte Jelidi

villes nouvelles . These were established in French overseas territories during the colonial period, especially in Indo-China, Madagascar and North Africa, alongside indigenous ‘traditional’ towns. These villes nouvelles were designed primarily for the expatriate population, and the latest advances in modern urban planning were systematically applied. Indigenous cities not only

in Garden cities and colonial planning
C. A. Bayly

publication in 2010 of Robert Bickers’s edited volume, Settlers and Expatriates , an additional part of the Oxford History of the British Empire . 1 This is a volume which considers issues of identity, race and gender which are very much to the fore in contemporary world history. It builds on the work of scholars such as Peter Marshall, Dane Kennedy and Elizabeth Buettner. 2 Secondly, there is an

in The cultural construction of the British world
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The Customs, China and the empire world
Catherine Ladds

, the Customs and China Empire Careers explores the life and work experiences of the Customs’ multinational staff, asking how expatriates were personally and professionally changed by a career overseas. Its chapters consider the professional triumphs and tribulations of the Customs’ foreign personnel, the social activities they engaged in, the personal and family lives they

in Empire careers
Postwar contexts
Mark Hampton

International and local contexts In the summer of 1945, neither Hong Kong’s prospects, nor its continued status as a British colony, were assured. At the end of the Second World War, Hong Kong’s population stood at barely 600,000 (down from a prewar high of perhaps 1.8 million). British expatriates who might contemplate resuming life there faced

in Hong Kong and British culture, 1945–97
Personal and group networks
Angela McCarthy

?’ and he nearly dropped. He did come from Stornoway too – poor soul wanted to know if I spoke Gaelic – he ‘chust wished he could speak the English as well as he could the gaelic’. He couldn’t understand how I came from Oban. Migrants such as Lorna Carter moved in tightly defined networks of family 2 and friends which assisted the processes of migration and settlement abroad. Such networks frequently offered newcomers practical support, and social and emotional nourishment. Networks were also conduits of communication, and expatriates could influence their transnational

in Personal narratives of Irish and Scottish migration, 1921–65
Joining the Customs Service
Catherine Ladds

colonial migrations by reconceptualising the movements of people between different sites of empire as ‘imperial careering’, yet most of the lives collected in the book are those of elite or famous individuals. 8 This is, of course, partly a matter of sources, for working-class and marginal expatriates did not usually publish memoirs or travelogues or have their papers preserved for posterity. The archives

in Empire careers
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Home, identity and post-Customs lives
Catherine Ladds

In this chapter Empire Careers comes full circle by exploring the reasons why people left the Service, what they did afterwards and how their personal, professional and national identities were changed by a career in the Customs. The modes in which people withdrew from service – by resignation, dismissal or invaliding – speak volumes about their initial expectations of expatriate life and the

in Empire careers
Drunkenness in Nigeria, c. 1880–1940
Simon Heap

) Bishop of Western Equatorial Africa that three-quarters of Europeans in the country died as a result of drinking imported spirits. This detailed case study reveals how the arguments for and against alcohol consumption were heightened, leading a few years later to an inquiry into the impact of the liquor trade on Nigeria which revealed more evidence on both sides of the debate. The chapter then examines the role of alcohol in the lifestyles of expatriates in the country, illustrated by cases of drunkenness, disorderly

in Alcohol, psychiatry and society