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Remembering Julius Nyerere in Tanzania History, Memory, Legacy

Marie-Aude Fouéré (ed.), Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), 2015, 340 p.

This edited volume is about the rekindled investment in the figure of the first president Julius K. Nyerere in contemporary Tanzania. It explores how Nyerere is remembered by Tanzanians from different levels of society, in what ways and for what purposes. Looking into what Nyerere means and stands for today, it provides insight into the media, the political arena, poetry, the education sector, or street-corner talks. The main argument of this book is that Nyerere has become a widely shared political metaphor used to debate and contest conceptions of the Tanzanian nation and Tanzanian-ness. The state-citizens relationship, the moral standards for the exercise of power, and the contours of national sentiment are under scrutiny when the figure of Nyerere is mobilized today.

Part 1 : ‘Capturing’ Julius Nyerere

Chapter 1 — “Julius Nyerere” : The Man, The Word, and The Order of Discourse (Marie-Aude Fouéré)

Chapter 2 — Julius Nyerere, Ujamaa and Political Morality in Contemporary Tanzania (Marie-Aude Fouéré)

Part 2 : Entering and Securing the Political Space

Chapter 3 — Julius Kambarage Nyerere : His Formative Years (Thomas Molony)

Chapter 4 — Julius Nyerere, the Arusha Declaration, and the Deep Roots of a Contemporary Political Metaphor (Emma Hunter)

Part 3 : In Search of a Tutelary Figure

Chapter 5 — Nyerere’s Ghost : Political Filiation, Paternal Discipline, and the Construction of Legitimacy in Multiparty Tanzania (Kristin Phillips)

Chapter 6 — Different ‘Uses of Nyerere’ in the Constitutional Review Debates : A Touchstone for Legitimacy in Tanzania (Aikande C. Kwayu)

Part 4 : Nyerere and His Critics
Chapter 7 — Julius Rex : Nyerere through the eyes of his critics, 1953-2013 (James Brennan)

Chapter 8 — Recasting Julius Nyerere in Zanzibar : the Revolution, the Union and the Enemy of the Nation (Marie-Aude Fouéré)

Part 5 : Politics & Poetry

Chapter 9 — Tanzanian Newspaper Poetry : Political Commentary in Verse (Kelly Askew)

Chapter 10 — The Poetry of an Orphaned Nation : Newspaper Poetry and the Death of Nyerere (Mary Ann Mhina)

Part 6 : Post-Mwalimu Education ?

Chapter 11 — The University of Dar es Salaam : A Post-Nyerere Institution of Higher Education ? Legacies, Continuities and Changes in an Institutional Space (1961-2012) (Olivier Provini)

Chapter 12 — Ward Secondary Schools, Elite Narratives and Nyerere’s Legacy (Sonia Languille)

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