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The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture
The universal act of dressing--shared by both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, minority and majority--has shaped human interactions, communicated hopes and fears about the future, and embodied what it means to be Somali. Heather Marie Akou mines politics and history in this rich and compelling study of Somali material culture. Akou explores the evolution of ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Indiana University Press
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Interesting topic, but the author relied primarily on old photos, stamps, and quotes from Westerners visiting Somalia, rather than discussing history and politics of dress with Somali people themselves. She justifies this by saying, "Being a non-native speaker with no family ties to Somalis, I was not exactly welcomed with open arms" (p. 6). Oral history would have helped the author to better understand the meaning behind the photos she found. The author generalizes a few times about views on ...more