Second Book Project
Global history of a small space
Gender and sexuality
Migration and "internal" migration
History of touris
Sun, Sex, and Seaweed: Global histories of an intertidal zone
My second book project expands my interests in gender and transnationalism to an environmental history of a narrow strip of coastline in Zanzibar that plays host to a vibrant microcosm of Indian Ocean society.
I center the dynamic interactions of the diverse cast of actors found in these coastal villages. Recent migrants from the African interior, Waswahili Zanzibaris, Arabs, European kite surfers and hoteliers, women farming seaweed, herds of cows, and a dying coral reef share this very small space. I examine the impact of the global tourist industry on a delicate coastal environment.
More than that, however, I center individuals such as Maasai “beach boys” and local farmers as global actors in their own right, breaking with a hegemonic understanding in the islands of such individuals as marginal objects of or even obstacles to a globalizing Zanzibar.