Saida Yahya-Othman

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Kanga Names and Women`s Voice in Swahili Society.

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As with other women`s garments, the kanga has always been closely linked with the perceptions and attitudes that the society has about women themselves. These perceptions and attitudes continue to shape and determine the place of women in their socio-cultural context. Just as women`s clothes are often taken to define, if partially, the beings that occupy them, similarly, in characteristically wearing certain garments and not others, women then assign to those garments what is perceived to be their `feminineness`. In Tanzania, the kanga indexes this `femininity` in a strong way, in spite of the fact that men also wear it. Even more so, the messages that appear on the kanga are viewed as a uniquely female form of communication, and women in Zanzibar, the area covered by this study, have been making increasing use of them as an additional strategy which allows them to make strong statements about their concems, while at the same time avoiding any direct conflict which may arise fiom their individual actions.

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Erschienen in Swahili-Forum - 4.1997
Swahili, Kleidung, Kanga, Weiblichkeit
Swahili, Cloth, Kanga, Femininity
SWD SchlagworteSwahili, Frauenkleidung
DDC Klassifikation496
Beteiligte Institution(en) 
HochschuleUniversity of Dar es Salaam
FakultätDepartment of Foreign Languages and Linguistics
HochschuleUniversität zu Köln
FakultätInstitut für Afrikanistik
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online)30.11.2012
persistente URNurn:nbn:de:bsz:15-qucosa-97992
QuelleSwahili Forum; 4(1997), S. 135-149

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