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Title:Development and progress as historical phenomena in Tanzania: 'Maendeleo? We had that in the past'
Author:Ahearne, Robert M.
Year:2016
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:59
Issue:1
Pages:77-96
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:ujamaa
groundnuts
development cooperation
biography
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/asr.2016.9
Abstract:Academic discussions of development continue to grow, yet critical engagements with communities affected by development interventions remain limited. Drawing from life history interviews conducted in southern Tanzania, this article details the varied experiences of development interventions among older people and how these affect broader understandings of progress. Many juxtapose their negative views of ujamaa villagization with more positive recollections of previous interventions (especially the Groundnut Scheme), which are infused with what is described here as 'development nostalgia'. Perceptions of the past clearly inform the social, political, and economic aspirations forwarded today, with the richness of the constructed narratives adding further nuance to existing depictions of Tanzanian historiography. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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