African Voices, African Lives: Personal Narratives from a Swahili Village [NOOK Book]

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African Voices, African Lives explores the world of 'Mohammed', a swahili peasant living on Mafia Island, Tanzania. Through his own words - some written, some spoken - and those of his relatives, including his ex-wife and one of his daughters, he enables us to see the world through his eyes, including the invisisble world of spirits which plays a significant role in his life. This information is gathered by Pat Caplan, the anthropologist, over almost three decades of talking and writing to each other. She acts ...
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African Voices, African Lives: Personal Narratives from a Swahili Village

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Overview

African Voices, African Lives explores the world of 'Mohammed', a swahili peasant living on Mafia Island, Tanzania. Through his own words - some written, some spoken - and those of his relatives, including his ex-wife and one of his daughters, he enables us to see the world through his eyes, including the invisisble world of spirits which plays a significant role in his life. This information is gathered by Pat Caplan, the anthropologist, over almost three decades of talking and writing to each other. She acts not only as translator and editor, but also as interpreter, bringing in her own knowledge gathered from field data as well as comparative material from other anthropological work.
By utilising a mixture of styles - narrative and life history, ethnographic observation, and the diary kept by Mohammed at the anthropologist's bequest, African Voices African Lives will make an important contribution to current debates in anthropology by grappling with issues raised by 'personal narratives', authorial authority, and with refexivity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134776054
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Dramatis personae and place names
Acknowledgements
Prologue: a special prayer 1
1 Introduction: anthropology and personal narratives 6
Pt. I A life history
2 Mohammed's story 26
Pt. II Mohammed as ethnographer
3 Making a living: the land and the sea 66
4 The life cycle: relationships, conflict and emotions 83
Pt. III Other texts, other voices: three encounters, 1965-85
5 Encounter one: 1965-7 111
6 Encounter two: 1976 124
7 Encounter three: 1985 137
Pt. IV The search for knowledge
8 Dealing with affliction: explanation 156
9 Dealing with affliction: spirits 171
10 Encounter four: 1994 196
11 Conclusion 229
Epilogue: intercession 236
Glossary 239
Notes 243
References 253
Index 261
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