Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia e-book
by Karen Tranberg Hansen
This book really described what second hand clothing is like in Africa. The author, an anthropologist, explores the phenomenon of second-hand clothes being exported from the West into Zambia, where they are sold on as "luxury goods".
This book really described what second hand clothing is like in Africa. She argues against the idea that this is a North-South neo-colonial or aid transaction, asserting that Zambians are not just passive recipients of recycled clothes, but active consumers making informed (or at least broadly understood) cultural choices. She also explores how clothes, as cultural signifiers, give the wearer meaning in the specific Zambian social context.
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Karen Tranberg Hansen. When we donate our unwanted clothes to charity, we rarely think about what will happen to them: who will sort and sell them, and finally, who will revive and wear them. In this fascinating look at the multibillion dollar secondhand clothing business, Karen Tranberg Hansen takes us around the world from the West, where clothing is donated, through the salvage houses in North America and Europe, where it is sorted and compressed, to Africa, in this case, Zambia. There it enters the dynamic world of Salaula, a Bemba term that means "to rummage through a pile.
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The cycle of second hand clothing seems to be perpetual and lucrative. Hansen, Karen Tranberg (2000). Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia. University of Chicago Press. This goes for consignment stores like 2nd Take, where designer clothes, that sit too long on the sales racks, are either given back to their owners or donated to charities or stores that will sell unsold garments on to textile recyclers or second-hand stores. By Karen Tranberg Hansen. Get our daily newsletter. 50 paperback) and £3. 0. ONE night in September, a fire swept through Nairobi's vast Gikomba market-the largest second-hand clothes exchange in East Africa. The disaster barely registered in the world at large. But it was headline news in Kenya.
Karen Hansen's remarkable study of the secondhand clothing industry in Zambia, or salaula (hence the title of the book), is more than an examination of the sale and use of secondhand clothing in Zambia. Hansen points out that clothing, including secondhand clothing, "is not just any commodity, but rather a special one because of its ability to mediate both individual and collective identities and desires" (p. 3). Moreover, in Zambia, secondhand clothing is purchased and worn by all classes-it is not simply a survival mechanism for the very poor.
Hansen, Karen Tranberg. Keynote address, Regional Worlds Capstone Conference, Mobile Geographies, Plural Histories: New Paradigms in Area Studies, University of Chicago. May 19. Sassen, Saskia. 2000, Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Salaula: the world of secondhand clothing and Zambia by KAREN TRANBERG HANSEN Chicago, IL and London: University of Chicago Press, 2000.