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The source of the Wamakonde: labor migration, associativism and anticolonialism in Tanganyika's sisal industry (1880-1960)

Grant number: 17/24366-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2018
Effective date (End): September 18, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History
Principal researcher:Lucilene Reginaldo
Grantee:Felipe Barradas Correia Castro Bastos
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/05322-2 - Data collection on historical contexts pertaining to commodity production, human agency and migratory phenomena across colonial Mozambique and British East Africa (1880 - 1970), BE.EP.DR

Abstract

This research approaches the development of migration networks that connected Northeastern Mozambique and other colonial territories, specifically Tanganyika, to investigate the participation of migrants in historical phenomena that shaped mid-twentieth century East Africa. This work focuses on the agency of makonde men and women who were engaged, through various ways, in Tanganyika's sisal industry with the objective of transcending rigid chronological and geographical demarcations from the 1880s to 1960 and understand their participation in anti-colonial political movements. This temporal scope engulfs the consolidation of makonde ethnogenesis, the onset of European domination across both sides of the Rovuma River, the creation of the Tanganyikan sisal industry as well as African anti-colonial movements. The theoretical-methodological framework articulates data collection over different documental repositories alongside the historiography on social and political contexts in Tanganyika and Mozambique to produce a social history of the circulation of people across different colonial empires which stirred possibilities to call Portuguese rule into question. (AU)

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