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By Pat Caplan

ISBN-10: 0203284925

ISBN-13: 9780203284926

ISBN-10: 0203437152

ISBN-13: 9780203437155

ISBN-10: 0415137233

ISBN-13: 9780415137232

African Voices, African Lives explores the area of 'Mohammed', a swahili peasant residing on Mafia Island, Tanzania. via his personal phrases - a few written, a few spoken - and people of his relations, together with his ex-wife and certainly one of his daughters, he allows us to determine the area via his eyes, together with the invisisble international of spirits which performs an important position in his existence. this knowledge is accumulated through Pat Caplan, the anthropologist, over nearly 3 many years of conversing and writing to one another. She acts not just as translator and editor, but in addition as interpreter, bringing in her personal wisdom accumulated from box information in addition to comparative fabric from different anthropological work.
by way of using a mix of types - narrative and existence background, ethnographic commentary, and the diary stored through Mohammed on the anthropologist's bequest, African Voices African Lives will make a massive contribution to present debates in anthropology by means of grappling with matters raised by way of 'personal narratives', authorial authority, and with refexivity.

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In addition, he kept a diary for about a month of my two-month stay, and we transcribed it together, with frequent explanations from him, in the same way as we had done the 1966–7 diary. During that last visit, I again had lengthy conversations with both Mwahadia and Subira, on which I kept notes. Thus some material concerning Mohammed is written or spoken by himself, some given by members of his family and some is jointly created by the two of us. In this way, authorship is multiple, although a large part of the text emanates from Mohammed himself.

M. He cultivated fields of rice, cassava and millet jointly with mother. The work which she did on her own was to grow sweet potatoes, and cut raffia and dry it, plait it into strips, then sew them into mats and sell them. Father’s work was to fish with a canoe, both with traps and lines. When the tide was low he would put out his fish traps (madema). P. Was this to sell or just for the family to eat? M. Both to sell and to eat. But fish then were not like now. Today you pay 70 shillings for a bit of fish which you would have got for 5 cents in those days, and fish for which you pay 100 shillings nowadays, was only 10 cents in those days.

P. I have another question which is also to do with birth. You mentioned that some of your daughters have had children on their own: Subira, Asha and Miza. Three of them. M. And Habiba the fourth. And even the one who died, Amina, also had a child [outside of marriage], which is still alive, but in Zanzibar, and is already big. P. Does that happen often? M. Since olden times. Especially in Kirongwe and the south, many men have lovers. P. And what do you say? How do you see such things? M. It is shameful (fedheha), shameful and disgraceful (aibu) for them to do such things.

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