The Making of a Periphery: Economic Development and Cultural Encounters in Southern Tanzania

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Pekka Seppälä, Bertha Koda
Nordic Africa Institute, 1998 - Political Science - 344 pages
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What makes a periphery? The south-eastern corner of Tanzania is officially one of the poorest corners of the world and is always presented as a peripheral area. This volume presents a lively discussion on the making of a periphery. The contributors show the interaction between the perceptions of outsiders, the views of local people, and the actual development efforts. The authors perceive development as a negotiated and contested field. Culture is not considered a factor constraining development but is seen rather as an engine which, due to the plurality of local and outsider cultures, sets the parameters for the battle.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
5
The History of Encounters
15
J A R WembahRashid
39
S Mesaki and J Mwankusye
58
Timo Voipio
75
Pekka Seppala
118
Bernadeta Killian
139
MarjaLiisa Swantz
157
Bertha Koda
195
E P Mihanjo and N N Luanda
222
Part HI Perceptions of Culture and Local Knowledge
265
Tore Saetersdal
285
Juhani Koponen
309
Select bibliography on rural Mtwara and Lindi
325
About the authors
340
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