PERFORMING THE NATION, Swahili music and cultured politics in Tanzania

: Askew (K.)

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417pp., illus., maps, paperback, CD, Chicago, 2002 


"Kelly Askew's Performing the Nation is as much a thought-provoking account of the politics of region, nation, and international connections as a rich study of Swahili music and dance. Rather than assume that the Tanzanian state successfully used cultural policy to impose an official vision of the nation on its citizenry, Askew reveals the competing national representations that emerged among musicians, audiences, and political elites and the diverse ways in which people within the cosmopolitan communities of coastal Tanzania used musical performance to shape their relations with each other." Frederick Cooper, New York University

Includes a CD of Swahili music.

Kelly Askew is Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.