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This is the extraordinary story of Mikidadi, an ordinary Tanzanian from a remote coastal island, who became a Koran school teacher, charity leader, environmental activist and guardian of an extended family But this biography is not only about Mikidadis life and legacy, but also his times He lived through transitions from colonialism to independence, socialism to neoliberalism, a single to a multi party state, and a local Swahili Islam to a globalized and politicized form He also experienced the growth of corruption, and the increasing role of Western NGOs and Islamic charities In considering how wider historical processes impacted on Mikidadi, as life got progressively harder for his family, this book seeks to counter some of the recent rewriting of Tanzanias post colonial history Skilfully moving through the decades, between events at national, regional and individual levels, between three generations, and even adding a further layer of her own life as an anthropologist, Caplan succeeds in writing an engaging, accessible account that will appeal to both academics and students For at the centre of this book is an unlikely friendship that began in 1966 between a 12 year old boy and a 23 year old woman, and lasted nearly four decades, to be cut short by Mikidadis untimely death in 2002 Recollections of meetings, and extracts from fieldwork notes and correspondence, bring a lively immediacy to this exchange, in which profound cultural differences between researcher and researched are transcended in interconnected lives This clear and well written book celebrates a life and its place in history It is an exemplar of public anthropology David Zeitlyn, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford An unprecedented ethnographic analysis of contemporary Tanzanian history exploring how individuals, families and communities over time perceive, act, negotiate and strive to adjust in the shade of shifting political, economic and ideological conditions Kjersti Larsen, Professor, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo Clear, engaging, and insightful, this accessible biography provides a rich entry point into African history and anthropology through an intimate account of life in a coastal East African village Christine J Walley, Professor of Anthropology, Director of Graduate Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology A model of participatory and ethical research, Mikidadi is an invaluable resource for scholars, students, development practitioners, and environment activists Marjorie Mbilinyi, Professor, University of Dar es Salaam 19682003 Principal Policy Analyst, Tanzania Gender Networking Programme 200414...

Title : Mikidadi: Individual Biography and National History in Tanzania
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ISBN : 1907774483
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Sean Kingston Publishing November 30, 2016
Number of Pages : 200 pages
File Size : 594 KB
Status : Available For Download
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