Ujamaa: a comparative study of perceptions and orientation in Kilosa and Mpwapwa districts.

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1973
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University of Dar es Salaam
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Ujamaa is the official ideology of socialism for Tanzania. It was defined, elaborated and launched by the Tanzania leadership some six years ago. This study seeks to find out how much of this official ideology is understood by district and local leaders and the masses in Kilosa and Mpwapwa districts, the districts which represent the relatively poorer areas of the country. It is the contention of this thesis that ujamaa ideology has not been well mastered by district and local leaders in Kilosa and Mpwapwa districts. This is no accident. The comunication channels through which they learn about ujamaa are faulty. Consequent upon their little knowledge of the ideology is that development plans and programmes produced by these leaders have no ideological direction. The same is true for the masses in the two districts. Most of them do not understand the ideology in the same way it has been perceived and explained by the national political leadership. Their (people's) descriptions of ujamaa tend to emphasise "ujima" which is a description of reciprocal assistance for mutual benefit. The thesis proposes that any efforts to revolutionize the Tanzanian politics through political education should be directed to the masses rather than their leaders if a true revolution is to be achieved.
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Socialism in Tanzania, Villages, Kilosa district, Economic conditions, Mpwapwa district
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Ndunguru, C. C. (1973). Ujamaa: a comparative study of perceptions and orientation in Kilosa and Mpwapwa districts. Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at (http://41.86.178.3/internetserver3.1.2/detail.aspx)