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Translocal Connections across the Indian Ocean

Swahili Speaking Networks on the Move


Edited by Francesca Declich

The book describes the worlds where Swahili is spoken as multi-centred contexts that cannot be thought of as located in a specific coastal area of Kenya or Tanzania. The articles presented discuss a range of geographical areas where Swahili is spoken, from Somalia to Mozambique along the Indian Ocean, in Europe and the US. In an attempt to de-essentialize the concepts of translocality and cosmopolitanism, the emphasis of the book is on translocality as experienced by different social strata and by gender and cosmopolitanism as an acquired attitude.

Contributors are: Katrin Bromber, Gerard van de Bruinhorst, Francesca Declich, Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy, Linda Giles, Ida Hadjivayanis, Mohamed Kassim, Kjersti Larsen, Mohamed Saleh, Maria Suriano, Sandra Vianello.

Local Ideas of Fashion and Translocal Connections

A View from Upcountry Tanganyika


Maria Suriano

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Brava

A Swahili Cultural Enclave in a Somali Context


Alessandra Vianello

Sasa, pote, majeshi yetu duniani

Swahili Poetry and the Translocal Moment of World War II


Katrin Bromber

Skype, Facebook, and Chat Rooms

New Modes of Expression and Changing Gender Relations among Swahili Youth at Home and Abroad


Rebecca Gearhart Mafazy