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Title:Blood Enemies: Exploitation and Urban Citizenship in the Nationalist Political Thought of Tanzania, 1958-1975
Author:Brennan, James R.ISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:47
Issue:3
Period:November
Pages:389-413
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:nationalism
citizenship
ujamaa
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
Urbanization and Migration
External link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=484B8883174D21E4A262
Abstract:The major concepts of nationalist political thought in Tanzania formed at the meeting point between local and international understandings of exploitation, and prescriptions for its removal. These ideas were given social form through a politics of enmity concerned with defining enemies of the nation and creating corresponding purge categories. Acquiring urban citizenship in Tanzania required the demonstrated commitment to fight exploitation for a party and State hostile to urban growth. While such ideas formed the boundaries of legitimate political debate, Africans struggling to lay claim to urban life appropriated nationalist idioms to lampoon official pieties and make sense of class differentiation in a socialist country. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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