Dar es Salaam as a ‘Harbour of Peace’ in East Africa: Tracing the Role of Creolized Urban Ethnicity in Nation-State Formation

Abstract

Dar es Salaam is exceptional in East Africa for having a record of relatively little ethnic tension, and remaining tranquil and true to its name, the ‘harbour of peace’. This paper explores the interface between ethnic and national identities in Tanzania’s capital city, focusing on its ethnic foundations and their malleability with regard to nationalism, asking how nationalist identities were negotiated vis-à-vis existing local ethnic identities. How willing were ethnic groups that were indigenous to the locality to ‘share’ the city, its land, and amenities with newcomer compatriots, given that the city was almost as new as the nation-state? How did their modus operandi affect nation-building?

Citation

Bryceson, D.F. Dar es Salaam as a ‘Harbour of Peace’ in East Africa: Tracing the Role of Creolized Urban Ethnicity in Nation-State Formation. UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland (2010) 17 pp. ISBN 978-92-9230-254-2 [WIDER Working Paper No. 2010/19]

Dar es Salaam as a ‘Harbour of Peace’ in East Africa: Tracing the Role of Creolized Urban Ethnicity in Nation-State Formation

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