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Practicing History in Central Tanzania: Writing, Memory, and Performance

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History is preserved by individuals. Ernest M. Kongola, a retired educator in living in Dodoma, Tanzania, has devoted much of the last twenty years to preserving the history of his people, the Gogo. He has produced seven volumes of clan histories, biographies, accounts of important events, and descriptions of customs and traditions. Maddox demonstrates how the past is constructed by critical actors like Ernest Kongola as part of an ongoing process of constructing the present.

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Overview

History is preserved by individuals. Ernest M. Kongola, a retired educator in living in Dodoma, Tanzania, has devoted much of the last twenty years to preserving the history of his people, the Gogo. He has produced seven volumes of clan histories, biographies, accounts of important events, and descriptions of customs and traditions. Maddox demonstrates how the past is constructed by critical actors like Ernest Kongola as part of an ongoing process of constructing the present.

Kongola participates in the construction and maintenance of a truly post-colonial social order. His work as a public historian, as much as his written narratives, shapes the role of history in the region. In his projects, he seeks to harmonize three different visions of the past. One defines community created by ties of blood and located in a specific place. A second characterizes history as the development of the modern nation. The third sees history as the struggle to attain a state of grace with the divine. Kongola seeks to place his community, which he defines as family and tribe, within the context of the Tanzanian nation, within the moral and spiritual order of Christianity, and within a global society. By performing history as a public figure, he defines more than just himself and his place in the social order of modern Tanzania; he defines his class. He consciously seeks to redefine social norms and cultural practices and to regularize them with Christianity and secular nationalism. In doing so he participates in the creation of both a national, Tanzanian modernity and a particular, Gogo one.

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What People Are Saying

Kerry Ward
"[S]ocial history is at its most profound—a fascinating and moving dialogue between academic historian Gregory Maddox and Gogo historian Ernest Kongola. It chronicles an ongoing collaboration between these historians in the production and meaning of history in post-colonial Africa; successfully displacing the academic speaking for or to and replacing it with a multi-layered narrative with and between the authors and their audiences."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325070575
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: Social History of Africa Series
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory H. Maddox is a professor of history and associate dean of the graduate school at Texas Southern University, a historically black institution in Houston, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Northwestern University. He has published works on environmental change in Africa and has taught at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Ernest M. Kongola is a retired educator living in Dodoma, Tanzania. He is an acknowledged authority on the history of the Gogo people of Dodoma region, and has authored several volumes on the subject.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Ernest Musa Kongola's project 17
3 Ernest Musa Kongola's autobiography 35
4 Life maps 65
5 Life, gender, and subjectivity 75
6 "If only they knew the grace of God, they would make bold Christians" 91
7 Narrating power in Ugogo 115
8 Wagogo Leo! 137
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