The Affects of Place and Memory
This chapter looks at the affects of place in the ‘historic’ neighbourhood of Sambizanga: how does the material transformation of a specific place seep into people’s memories? How does the engagement with urban space, and narrative-making stabilise the unruliness and disruptive potential of past violence that cannot publicly be spoken of? The chapter discusses the multiple ways in which memories are a central element to the renegotiation and dialogical construction of the relation of ‘people’ with ‘power’, and how political subjectivities within the system are shaped by central affects like fear, melancholia, or nostalgia for the future promised at independence.
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