Gender, Performance & Identity: Understanding Swahili Cultural Realities Through Songs

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This book analyzes the intersection between gender and identity within popular performance of the Swahili people of Mombasa. Juxtaposing cultural norms with everyday practices, Ntarangwi explores how gender and identity are practiced, constructed, mobilized, and contested through popular musical expressions known as taarab.

By carefully examining the revelation and reconstitution of masculinities and femininities within these expressions, Ntarangwi raises questions of critical importance to the study of gender and identity and convincingly argues that while gender may be an important means of forming social identities, it can also be used to analyze various social-cultural realities and practices of a people. It can also reshape conceptual categories and intellectual theories of everyday experiences.

Weaving a creative tapestry of contemporary life in an African urban community, this book brings together theoretical trends in anthropology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, and gender studies.

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Mwenda Ntarangwi is the director of the St. Lawrence University Semester Program in Kenya, where he also teaches a field-based course on culture and development. He holds a doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has published widely in the areas of study abroad programs, gender, and popular culture.

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