ISBN 9789987753260
Pages 340
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2015
Publisher Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania
Format Paperback

Remembering Julius Nyerere in Tanzania

History, Memory, Legacy

edited by Marie-Aude Fouéré

This edited volume is about the rekindled investment in the figure of the first president Julius K. Nyerere in contemporary Tanzania. It explores how Nyerere is remembered by Tanzanians from different levels of society, in what ways and for what purposes. Looking into what Nyerere means and stands for today, it provides insight into the media, the political arena, poetry, the education sector, or street-corner talks. The main argument of this book is that Nyerere has become a widely shared political metaphor used to debate and contest conceptions of the Tanzanian nation and Tanzanian-ness. The state-citizens relationship, the moral standards for the exercise of power, and the contours of national sentiment are under scrutiny when the figure of Nyerere is mobilized today.

The contributions gathered here come from a generation of budding or renowned scholars in varied disciplines - history, anthropology and political science. Drawing upon materials collected through extensive fieldwork and archival research, they all critically engage the existing literature about Tanzania and prevailing political narratives to explore how nationhood is (re)imagined in Tanzania today through assent and contest.

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About the Editor

Marie-Aude Fouéré

Marie-Aude Fouéré is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She worked several years at the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) in Nairobi, Kenya, as Deputy Director then Director. Her research interests cover belonging, nationalism from below, collective memories and the uses of past - notably the ordinary uses of archives and of material remains -, focusing on Tanzania's Ujamaa, the figure of Julius Nyerere, and the Revolution of 1964 in Zanzibar. She is also interested in elections in their relation to memory and identity, and in the epistemology of social science.

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