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Title:On Power and Powerlessness: Marriage and Political Metaphor in Colonial Western Tanzania
Author:Lovett, MargotISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Great Britain
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/221026
Abstract:This paper is concerned with understanding what relations between dominant and subordinate groups looked like and how hegemony functioned between 1921 and 1961 in an area of present-day western Tanzania known as Buha. The author focuses on analysing gender and intergenerational relations as concrete examples of relations of domination and subordination, concentrating on delineating the material and ideological bases on which these relations were founded. Her primary concerns are with marriage as a social relationship and with the process whereby a young woman became a wife. She elucidates the dominant values surrounding marriage, and explores the extent to which they were accepted, willingly or not, by women. Finally, she takes cognizance of the often minute struggles waged by both dominant and subordinate to redefine the boundaries and renegotiate the terms of their particular relationships with each other. The author begins her discussion with the consideration of a Ha (or Hutu) political metaphor, arguing that this metaphor had a much broader ideological reach and was the conscious bearer of an extant hegemonic tradition. Notes, ref.