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Performance and Politics in Tanzania : The Nation on Stage - Laura Edmondson

Performance and Politics in Tanzania

The Nation on Stage

Paperback Published: 20th July 2007
ISBN: 9780253219121
Number Of Pages: 175

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In Performance and Politics in Tanzania, Laura Edmondson examines how politics, social values, and gender are expressed on stage. Now a disappearing tradition, Tanzanian popular theatre integrates comic sketches, acrobatics, melodrama, song, and dance to produce lively commentaries on what it means to be Tanzanian. These dynamic shows invite improvisation and spontaneous and raucous audience participation as they explore popular sentiments. Edmondson asserts that these performances overturn the boundary between official and popular art and offer a new way of thinking about African popular culture. She discusses how the blurring of state agendas and local desires presents a charged environment for the exploration of Tanzanian political and social realities: What is the meaning of democracy and who gets to define it? Who is in power, and how is power exposed or concealed? What is the role of tradition in a postsocialist state? How will the future of the nation be negotiated? This engaging book provides important insight into the complexity of popular forms of expression during a time of political and social change in East Africa.

. . . What Edmondson accomplishes with a real sense of dramatic tension in her writing is to explore the particular appeal and philosophy of each group as they battle for artistic and financial supremacy. She does this within a framework which sees each group as expressive of a particular attitude towards the post-one-party and newly capitalist state that emerged in the 1990s.#70 Dec. 2008--Jane Plastow "University of Leeds "

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Acts of Complicity: Meanings, Methods, and Mapsp. 1
Imagining the Nationp. 15
Performing, Transforming, and Reforming Tanzania: A Historical Talep. 17
Alternative Nations: Locating Tradition, Morality, and Powerp. 40
Sexing the Nationp. 63
National Erotica: The Politics of Ngomap. 65
Popular Drama and the Mapping of Homep. 85
Contesting the Nationp. 107
Culture Wars: TOT versus Muunganop. 109
A Victor Declared: Popular Performance in the New Millenniump. 129
Glossary of Swahili Termsp. 141
Notesp. 143
List of Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9780253219121
ISBN-10: 0253219124
Series: African Expressive Cultures
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 20th July 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.72  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.31