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Title:Domestic Realms, Social Bonds, and Class: Ideologies and Indigenizing Modernity in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Author:Lewinson, Anne S.
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Tanzania
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office workers
political ideologies
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Labor and Employment
Abstract:Since the late 1950s, Tanzanians have experienced several forms of modernity, each form embodied in distinctive domestic architecture, interior décor and extra-household social networks. Drawing from accounts by office workers and participant observation during fieldwork in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1994-1995 and return visits in 2000 and 2003, the author investigates three Tanzanian forms of modernity. First, she discusses a colonial-capitalist version that linked class and homes into social categories, categories which have continued to influence office workers' ideas of modernity up until now. Next, she shows how a postindependence socialist model blended a partly imported, partly indigenous ideology to produce a set of notions about domestic realms which were lived out in distinctive ways by urbanites. Finally, she touches on a third version, liberalization, which emerged in the late 1990s. This version highlighted a globally derived set of practices and aesthetics yet also included local elements. The author shows how political ideology and economics, households and extra-household social relations reveal a distinct form of modernity in each era. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French. [ASC Leiden abstract]