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

Deborah Fahy Bryceson

in Urbanization and Development

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590148
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590148.003.0012

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

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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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 chapter 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?

Keywords: nationalism; nation-state; Tanzania; urbanization; JEL classification; N97; F54

Chapter.  6886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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