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Title:Dancehall politics: mobility, sexuality, and spectacles of racial respectability in late colonial Tanganyika, 1930s-1961
Author:Callaci, EmilyISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:52
Issue:3
Pages:365-384
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:popular culture
dance
youth
sexuality
race relations
group identity
social history
1930-1939
1940-1949
1950-1959
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41480245
Abstract:This article explores the relationship between understandings of youth sexuality and mobility, and racial nationalism in late colonial Tanganyika through a history of 'dansi': a dance mode first popularized by Tanganyikan youth in the 1930s. 'Dansi''s heterosocial choreography and cosmopolitan connotations provoked widespread anxieties among rural elders and urban elites over the mobility, economic autonomy, and sexual agency of youth. In urban commercial dancehalls in the 1950s, 'dansi' staged emerging cultural solidarities among migrant youth, while also making visible social divisions based on class and gender. At the same time, nationalist intellectuals attempted to reform 'dansi' according to an emerging political rhetoric of racial respectability. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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