Emeritus Prof. Pat Caplan

Changing Swahili Cultures in a Globalising World: An Approach from Anthropology

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Kurzfassung in Englisch

This article considers what might be meant by Swahili cultures and Swahili identities. It regards neither concept as fixed, but as constituting a repertoire from which people choose strategically, depending not only upon location and historical time, but also upon social context. The processes of constituting cultures and identities are part of the making of meaning, a process in which, as will be seen, there are important continuities, ruptures and contradictions. With its attention to detail and its ability to give voice to the local, ethnography plays an important role in understanding the construction of both cultures and identities. In this paper, ethnographic examples are drawn both from my own fieldwork on Mafia Island, Tanzania, begun in 1965, and from the work of other anthropologists and scholars who have carried out research on the East African coast and islands.

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Erschienen in Swahili-Forum - 20.2013
Kiswahili, Swahili Identität, Swahili Kultur, Insel Mafia
Kiswahili, Swahili identity, Swahili culture, Mafia island
SWD SchlagworteKiswahili, Swahili Identität, Swahili Kultur, Insel Mafia
DDC Klassifikation496
Beteiligte Institution(en) 
HochschuleGoldsmiths, University of London
FakultätDepartment of Anthropology
HochschuleUniversität Leipzig
FakultätInstitut für Afrikanistik
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online)27.03.2014
persistente URNurn:nbn:de:bsz:15-qucosa-137420
QuelleSwahili Forum 20 (2013), S. 31-47

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