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Title:Dar es Salaam as a 'harbour of peace' in East Africa: Tracing the role of creolized urban ethnicity in nation-state formation PDF Logo
Authors:Bryceson, Deborah Fahy
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,19
Abstract:Dar es Salaam is exceptional in East Africa for having a record of relatively little ethnic tension, and remaining tranquil and true to its name, the 'harbour of peace'. This paper explores the interface between ethnic and national identities in Tanzania's capital city, focusing on its ethnic foundations and their malleability with regard to nationalism, asking how nationalist identities were negotiated vis-à-vis existing local ethnic identities. How willing were ethnic groups that were indigenous to the locality to 'share' the city, its land, and amenities with newcomer compatriots, given that the city was almost as new as the nation-state? How did their modus operandi affect nation-building?
Subjects:nation-state
Tanzania
nationalism
urbanization
JEL:O18
R51
Q34
ISBN:978-92-9230-254-2
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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