Youth in Transition and the Expression of Changing Identities through Clothes

by Ylva Ekström on March 26, 2012

Group 2, from the left: Noel Lema, Noel Swai, Rosemary Mahali, Deusdedith Ilembo, Jovita Dellan, Josta Mgaya and Jackson Lupanda

This is group 2 in Dar es Salaam. We will look at how changes in society and culture are affecting youth, and how these changes may be expressed through the ways they dress. The argument is often that before people dressed according to the traditional cultures, but nowadays these wearing styles have changed. Youth, especially young women, are often blamed for not performing as respectable women, due to their modern clothing.

We want to do research about how youth at the University of Dar es Salaam dress, and what they think about changing styles, and also what they wish to communicate through their choice of clothes. Are there differences between different groups of students? Between male and female? Would the students dress the same way as they dress at the university also at home – or do they change styles in different occasions and different places?

We will use interviews, observations and focus group discussions among different groups of students at the university to gain knowledge and insights for our Radio Drama scripts. Our goal with the discussion that we want to create through our Radio Drama is to make people think about what they wear and why, and to make them aware of that through your clothes you also communicate who you are.

We look forward to communicating about these issues and to exchange experiences between Tanzania and Sweden.

/Group 2 Dar

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jackson lupanda April 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

the issue of wearing style can cause some one to be resembled as criminal, due to her or his wearing style, therefore people should have good conduct in wearing style so that one can live peacfull without harassment from the majority

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