Blood enemies: Exploitation and urban citizenship in the nationalist political thought of Tanzania, 1958-75

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Abstract

The major concepts of nationalist political thought in Tanzania formed at the meeting point between local and international understandings of exploitation, and prescriptions for its removal. These ideas were given social form through a politics of enmity concerned with defining enemies of the nation and creating corresponding purge categories. Acquiring urban citizenship in Tanzania required the demonstrated commitment to fight exploitation for a party and state hostile to urban growth. While such ideas formed the boundaries of legitimate political debate, Africans struggling to lay claim to urban life appropriated nationalist idioms to lampoon official pieties and make sense of class differentiation in a socialist country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-413
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of African History
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Nationalism
  • Political culture
  • Socialism
  • Tanzania
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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