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Author Glassman, Jonathon, author.

Title Feasts and riot : revelry, rebellion, and popular consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888 / Jonathon Glassman
Published Portsmouth, N.H. : Heinemann ; London : James Currey ; Nairobi : E.A.E.P. ; Dar es Salaam : Mkuki Na Nyota, [1995]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 293 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Social history of Africa
Social history of Africa.
Contents Introduction: The Contradictory Consciousness of a Swahili Crowd -- 1. Peasants, Commodities and Power -- 2. Struggles for the Caravan Trade -- 3. Brute Beasts and Articulate Rebels -- 4. Theft and Marriage -- 5. Feasts and Riot -- 6. Big Men and Impudent Children -- 7. The Festival Riots of August and September 1888 -- 8. Pangani under Rebel Rule -- Epilogue: The Ambiguities of Conquest
Summary In 1888 a handful of German adventurers bungled an attempt to conquer the Muslim towns of the East African coast. They were expelled almost immediately, but their intrusion sparked a political crisis that led to the collapse of all civil authority in the Swahili towns. Feasts and Riot traces the background to that crisis, using the events of 1888 as a window through which to examine the nature of class conflict and popular consciousness in precolonial Africa. It focuses on tensions that had been mounting throughout the nineteenth century, linked in part to the rapid expansion of international trade. Yet rather than argue that external trade determined the relations of domination in Swahili society, Glassman instead shows how the contours of market penetration were themselves shaped by local patterns of struggle, particularly struggle over the definition of community institutions. Deriving his approach from the writings of Gramsci, the author focuses on the ambiguity of popular rebellion. Lower-class rebels were motivated neither by a distinct, class-based vision of society nor by dedication to any "traditional" way of life. Instead, they expressed a rebellious interpretation of community ideals, ideals they held in common with their social superiors. At the heart of the book is a colorful analysis of the raucous public rituals at which authority was challenged and debated and the competitive feasts at which hosts and guests aggressively challenged one another to disruptive displays of generosity and gratitude
Analysis Rebellions History
East Africa
Notes This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-282) and index
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Subject Küste
Swahili (volk)
Geschichte 1856-1888.
Swahili-speaking peoples -- Social life and customs.
Africa, East -- History -- To 1886.
Indian Coast (Africa) -- History
Africa, East
Africa -- Indian Coast
Swahili (Volk)
Afrique orientale anglophone -- Histoire -- jusquà -- 1886.
Afrique orientale -- Jusqu'à 1886.
Indien, Côte de lʹOcéan (Afrique) -- Histoire.
Africa, East -- History.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 94034509
ISBN 0435089560
Other Titles Revelry, rebellion, and popular consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888