Performance and Politics in Tanzania: The Nation on Stage / Edition 1

Performance and Politics in Tanzania: The Nation on Stage / Edition 1

by Laura Edmondson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253219124

ISBN-13: 9780253219121

Pub. Date: 06/28/2007

Publisher: Indiana University Press

In Performance and Politics in Tanzania, Laura Edmondson examines how politics, social values, and gender are expressed on stage. Now a disappearing tradition, Tanzanian popular theatre integrates comic sketches, acrobatics, melodrama, song, and dance to produce lively commentaries on what it means to be Tanzanian. These dynamic shows invite improvisation and…  See more details below

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In Performance and Politics in Tanzania, Laura Edmondson examines how politics, social values, and gender are expressed on stage. Now a disappearing tradition, Tanzanian popular theatre integrates comic sketches, acrobatics, melodrama, song, and dance to produce lively commentaries on what it means to be Tanzanian. These dynamic shows invite improvisation and spontaneous and raucous audience participation as they explore popular sentiments. Edmondson asserts that these performances overturn the boundary between official and popular art and offer a new way of thinking about African popular culture. She discusses how the blurring of state agendas and local desires presents a charged environment for the exploration of Tanzanian political and social realities: What is the meaning of democracy and who gets to define it? Who is in power, and how is power exposed or concealed? What is the role of tradition in a postsocialist state? How will the future of the nation be negotiated? This engaging book provides important insight into the complexity of popular forms of expression during a time of political and social change in East Africa.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253219121
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
African Expressive Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Acts of Complicity: Meanings, Methods, and Maps     1
Imagining the Nation     15
Performing, Transforming, and Reforming Tanzania: A Historical Tale     17
Alternative Nations: Locating Tradition, Morality, and Power     40
Sexing the Nation     63
National Erotica: The Politics of Ngoma     65
Popular Drama and the Mapping of Home     85
Contesting the Nation     107
Culture Wars: TOT versus Muungano     109
A Victor Declared: Popular Performance in the New Millennium     129
Glossary of Swahili Terms     141
Notes     143
List of References     159
Index     169

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