Encounter and Suspicion in Tanzania

Sally Falk Moore

in Being There

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257757
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943438 | DOI:
Encounter and Suspicion in Tanzania

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This chapter describes fieldwork carried out in Tanzaniaa from 1968 to 1993. It begins by introducing some unsettling stories that represent the general atmosphere of Tanzaniaa, specifically, Chagga culture. Like all cultures, Chagga culture is capacious. In its system of values, it accommodates the traditional healer as well as the hospital. For some enterprising individuals, the culture is also open to innovative investment and technical work as an alternative way to making a living. Not only do cultures have regularities and norms, but they also have open zones of indeterminacy. People make choices. They use the zones of indeterminacy creatively. All this suggests that the culture is continuously changing, and these changes take many forms, such as, that in family structure, geography, politics, etc., hence complicating fieldwork.

Keywords: fieldwork; Tanzaniaa; Chagga; regularities and norms; culture

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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