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Joseph M. Hodge, Gerald Hödl, and Martina Kopf

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091803

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091803.001.0001

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A history of maendeleo: the concept of ‘development’ in Tanganyika's late colonial public sphere

A history of maendeleo: the concept of ‘development’ in Tanganyika's late colonial public sphere

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(p.87) Chapter Three A history of maendeleo: the concept of ‘development’ in Tanganyika's late colonial public sphere
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Developing Africa
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Emma Hunter

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091803.003.0004

This chapter tells the story of the changing use of the term maendeleo in colonial Tanganyika between the turn of the century and independence in 1961. Hunter argues that it is only by appreciating the broad way in which maendeleo was understood in local contexts and the way that it served in part as a space in which to reflect on the meaning of modernity that we can make sense of its power then and now, and that the history of this keyword provides a crucial context for understanding development discourse in late colonial Tanganyika. To make this argument, she draws on a close reading of the editorial comment and letters pages of three Swahili-language newspapers – Mambo Leo, Mwafrika and the Kilimanjaro newspaper Komkya, as well as a set of district newspapers published in 1952 by district offices around Tanganyika.

Keywords:   Development discourse, Maendeleo, Tanzania, Tanganyika, Swahili colonial press, Modernity

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