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Mombasa, the Swahili, and the making of the Mijikenda / monograph.

Author: Justin Willis
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Series: Oxford studies in African affairs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A history of the Kenyan city of Mombasa and its surrounding settlements from the mid-19th century to the height of colonial rule in the 1930s. The author examines the institutions and social networks  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Willis
ISBN: 9780198203209 0198203209
OCLC Number: 907241730
Description: xiii, 231 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part 1 "Singwaya was a very big city" - the Swahili and the Nyika to 1890: histories of the coast, and the structure of hinterland communities; clients and slaves. Part 2 "Why the natives will not work" - labour, trade and the story of Singwaya, 1890-1919: squatting and trade in the hinterland; casual labour and the Swahili in Mombasa. Part 3 "Close contact with the coast residents is most prejudicial" - state intervention, 1900-1931: the creation of administrative categories; the control of trade; planning Mombasa; labour legislation, casuality and the cost of labour. Part 4 "Other dances" - Mombasa and the Mijekenda, 1925-1934: new networks of labour; the twelve tribes and the Mijikenda.
Series Title: Oxford studies in African affairs.
Responsibility: Justin Willis.
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