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Mombasa, The Swahili, and The Making Of The Mijikenda : Oxford Studies in African Affairs - Justin Willis

Mombasa, The Swahili, and The Making Of The Mijikenda

Oxford Studies in African Affairs

Hardcover Published: 11th February 1993
ISBN: 9780198203209
Number Of Pages: 246

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This is a history of the Kenyan city of Mombasa and its surrounding settlements from the mid-nineteenth century to the height of colonial rule in the 1930s. Justin Willis sets out to place the island and town of Mombasa in its African context, incorporating the findings of recent historical and anthropological research.Dr Willis examines the institutions and social networks which simultaneously united and divided the people of the region before the colonial period, demonstrating both their interdependence and the creation of distinct population categories. He traces the development of these institutions under British rule, when the demands of the colonial economy caused officials to attempt far-reaching changes to the social structure and physically to remake the town of Mombasa.This is a radical re-interpretation of the history of Mombasa and its hinterland, based on thorough archival research. It offers valuable insights into the nature of ethnic identity, and makes an important contribution to the growing body of scholarly work on the African city.

Industry Reviews

`Willis has a rich body of intrinsically interesting field and archival data, and, while remaining comfortably in command of his material, he is willing to let people speak for themselves, without deconstructing them into submission to some currently fashionable agenda. The result is a book which makes some quiet but well-judged revisions in a number of important areas.' African Affairs `important and intriguing book...a most sensitive contribution to the growing literature on the history of African identities...Willis has cleared his own path through the thicket of coastal complexity and ambiguity to show the modernity of ethnic identity.' Bulletin of the School of Priental and African Studies 58:3

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Explanatory Notes
Introductionp. 1
'Singwaya was a very big city': The Swahili and the Nyika to 1890p. 17
Histories of the Coast, and the Structure of Hinterland Communitiesp. 21
Clients and Slaves in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 47
'Why the natives will not work': Labour, Trade, and the Story of Singwaya, 1890-1919p. 77
Squatting and Trade in the Hinterlandp. 81
Casual Labour and the Swahili in Mombasap. 95
'Close contact with the coast residents is most prejudicial': State Intervention, 1900-1931p. 115
The Creation of Administrative and Landowning Categoriesp. 118
The Control of Tradep. 135
Planning Mombasap. 145
Labour Legislation, Casuality, and the Cost of Labourp. 161
'Other dances': Mombasa and the Mijikenda, 1925-1934p. 171
New Networks of Labourp. 174
The Twelve Tribes and the Mijikendap. 184
Conclusionp. 201
Appendix: Biographies of Informantsp. 203
Bibliographyp. 215
Glossaryp. 224
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780198203209
ISBN-10: 0198203209
Series: Oxford Studies in African Affairs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 11th February 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.42