This Ph.D. project focuses on the various forms of popular culture in Dar es Salam and the role of these new cultural forms in identity- building across ethnic and religious divisions. Special emphasis is put on the production and consumption of Swahili soap operas on television and the way these plays reflect and take part in the ongoing discources about modernisation, traditionalism, and changing gender roles in the city. The dissertation was submitted to the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen in 2002 for the Dr.

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