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List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Note on Ethnic Terms; List of Abbreviations; 1 Introduction; 2 A History of Nationalism in Namibia; 3 Catholic Youth Songs in Ethnographic Perspective; 4 Shared Possessions, Shared Interests: The Nation as Individual(s); 5 Kings and Their Countries: The Nation as Hierarchical Whole; 6 Beyond Pagans: Building and Maintaining a Modern Christian Nation; 7 Connecting across Difference: Creating a Cosmopolitan Nation; 8 Conclusion; Appendix: NACAYUL Song List; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; About the Author.
This book explores how young people living in a former ethnic homeland in post-apartheid Namibia imagine the nation through songs they compose and perform. The author argues that these Oshiwambo-speaking youth draw on conflicting ideologies-hierarchical and egalitarian, nationalist and cosmopolitan-to construct a complex sense of national identity.
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