Tales of My Roots and Routes

Tales of My Roots and Routes– an exploration of the notion of roots, routes and ‘tribe’. The latter can be understood in a Tanzanian sense, where the notion of tribe is well-known, and also debated and contested. In this perspective/avenue of work you may also investigate other meanings, i.e. senses of belonging and heritage.  This avenue give you an opportunity to focus on different layers of identity, to sub-culture, gangs, societies, social movements, community and narration of history, collective memory and the present. One belonging relates to others.

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Oskar Majewski March 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

What is the “Tanzanian sense” of Tribe and is there any consensus about it?
I haven’t studied sociology or anthropology but looking around the internet I find some very critical articles about the use of the term Tribe to describe African countries (i.e a colonial way to describe african culture as more savage).

http://www.africasia.com/services/opinions/opinions.php?ID=1701&title=ray

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/45595

http://www.africaaction.org/talking-about-tribe.html

http://www.madre.org/index/press-room-4/news/whats-wrong-with-the-word-tribe-70.html

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Anders Høg Hansen April 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Hi Oskar,
Charles Kayoka talked about this at his first lecture in Malmö 3 March. I think you also raised the question there? I hope you found Charles’ elaboration interesting. Feel free to ask again if you have specific questions.
Here, I would just encourage the Tanzanian students to comment. Feel free to share your words.

All the best,
Anders
(Lecturer in Malmö)

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