What Causes City Dwellers to Riot, and How Do Cities Recover?
Garth Myers, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies, Trinity College
The Zanzibar Revolution of 1964 followed a period of unrest and rioting that gripped the city for seven years prior. Subsequent riots embroiled Zanzibar City off and on from 1988 to 2001 and have manifested in occasional flare-ups since. Professor Myers will respond to Northwestern University historian Jonathon Glassman's new book, War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar (2011), in which the author addresses the roots of Zanzibar's contemporary political violence and struggles and what caused ordinary people to not only riot, but, kill innocent people. Since 2002, Zanzibar City has largely been peaceful, and as of October 2010, it has been governed by a "Government of National Unity." Are there any lessons from its experiences for post-riot recovery for other cities?
Of interest to:
Idea Café, Urban Palimpsest