Tanu Women Gender and Culture in the Making of Tanganyikan Nationalism, 1955-1965

ISBN-10: 0435074210
ISBN-13: 9780435074210
Edition: 1997
Authors: Susan Geiger
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Description: In this book, Susan Geiger establishes gender as a category of analysis that not only situates women in African political life, but also compels readers to reformulate concepts such as "nationalism" and the "state." By highlighting the key role  More...

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List price: $33.75
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/21/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In this book, Susan Geiger establishes gender as a category of analysis that not only situates women in African political life, but also compels readers to reformulate concepts such as "nationalism" and the "state." By highlighting the key role women played in the nationalist struggle in Tanganyika, Geiger dispels "metanarratives" of African nationalism that privilege Western-educated African male elites and generally conceive African nationalism as an imported ideology. Through her accounts of the life histories of women participants in the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU), Geiger reveals the actions and "culture of politics" through which TANU women constructed, performed and maintained nationalism in Tanzania. The striking commonality of these life histories is the extent to which women expressed a sense of personal and collective identity that encompassed far more than particular ethnic loyalties and affiliations. TANU women drew upon notions of dignity, pan-ethnic solidari

Jean Allman teaches African History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is author of The Quills of the Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana and co-author (with Victoria Tashjian) of "I Will Not Eat Stone": A Women's History of Colonial Asante. Her research on gender, colonialism, and social change has appeared in numerous journals.Susan Geiger is Professor Emeritus of Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is author of TANU Women: Gender and Culture Change in the Making of Tanganyikan Nationalism, 1955-65. She has published over a dozen articles on African women's history and the uses of life history in historical research. She serves on the editorial board of SIGNS.Nakanyike Musisi is Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She has authored many chapters and articles on Baganda women. Her research interests include state formation, customary law, education, and environmental issues.

List of Map and Photographs
Glossary of Swahili Terms
Abbreviations Used in the Text
Map 1
Preface
Introduction
The Metanarrative of Tanzanian Nationalism
Where are the Women?
Women, "Woman," and Nationalism
Past/Present Narratives of Nationalism
About My Use of Life History Interviews
The Construction of Bibi Titi Mohamed's Life History
Women in Dar es Salaam: Colonial Ideologies vs. Urban Realities
Constructing Gendered African Labor in Colonial Tanzania
Dar es Salaam: A Legacy of Hierarchy, Racism, and Neglect
Social Engineering and Political Anxieties
Women in Dar es Salaam
Class, Religion, and the Construction of Urban African Women: Domesticity vs. "Bad Habits"
Bibi Titi Mohamed: Dar es Salaam
Activists and Political Mobilization
Women and the Construction of Nationalist Consciousness
Tatu Mzee
Halima Hamisi
Mwamvita Mnyamani
Salima Ferouz
Mashavu binti Kibonge
Binti Kipara
Mwasaburi Ali
Fatuma Abdallah
Women's Nationalist Consciousness: Continuity, Collective Memory, and Affective Community
Bibi Titi Mohamed: Travel for TANU
Nationalisms in the Hinterland: Kilimanjaro and Moshi
Local Politics and TANU in Northern Province
The Club Movement and Kilimanjaro's Women and Girls
Badges, Rank, and Federation: Club Politics
TANU Townswomen
Halima Selengia Kinabo
Mwamvita Salim and Zainabu Hatibu
Mario Kinabo
Violet Njiro
Elizabeth Gupta
Kanasia Tade Mtenga
Natujwa Daniel Mashamba
Lucy Lameck
Nationalism in the Hinterland: Mwanza
Politics, Prostitution, and Women in Mwanza
TANU Women in Mwanza
Agnes Sahani
Aziza Lucas
Tunu Nyembo
Halima Ntungi
Mwajuma Msafiri
Pili Juma
Mwamvua Kibonge
Zuhura Mussa
The Geita Rebellion
Chausiku Mzee
"Warudi Bustani"
Performing Nationalism
Bibi Titi Mohamed: Independence and After
Postscript: Nationalism in Postcolonial Tanzania
"Naming:" Bibi Titi Mohamed's Praise Poem
From the TANU Women's Section to the UWT, Revisited
Lucy Lameck
Narrative, Experience, and the Gendered Construction of Tanganyikan Nationalism
Sources
Index

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