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Title: Kiswahili Literary Portrayal of Gender and Migration in Africa: An Alternative Perspective?
Authors: Senkoro, F.E.M.K.
Keywords: Kiswahili
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
Abstract: Besides refugee movements, male labour migration seems to be the main form of relocation and exodus in Africa worth scholars’ and politicians’ pens and deliberations in most conferences and in policy formation. Because of this then, and since its “universal” reference seems to be mainly male, migration in general, and labour migration in particular, appears to be, ultimately, a masculinist concept. In this paper we propose to problematize this kind of outlook through the examination of the portrayal of gender and migration in Africa in selected Kiswahili literary works. In trying to decipher our knowledge and understanding of the complex migratory experiences, the paper is going to first of all use examples from Kiswahili oral literature which, to a large extent, portray migration in the form of journey, adventure motif. This motif carries with it some social and political importance which would seem to us to represent the different types of migration and their meanings. Such migration, for example, shows the move from conflict to conflict management and resolution.
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