SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Zoë Goodman

MA Anthropological Research Methods (SOAS) MA Social Anthropology (SOAS) BA Politics and Social Anthropology (SOAS)
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Ms Zoë Goodman
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Thesis title:
'Asian' spaces in an 'African' city: an ethnography of postcolonial Mombasa
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PhD Research

My research is about Mombasa, Kenya. I look at the city from the perspective of Gujarati- and Kutchi-speaking Shia Muslims, particularly Khoja Ithna Asheris and Dawoodi Bohras. My thesis takes five locations in the city and asks what they reveal about broader urban dynamics.Through building façades, a sweetshop, a kitchen table, a car park and a building site, I explore what buildings tell us about histories of exploitation and exclusion, the role of consumption in the construction of littoral identities, the place of home catering businesses in the production of social hierarchies, the effects of Islamic reform on conceptions and performances of the body and the architectural forms fostered by a confluence of aspiration and insecurity.



  • Kenyatta University (Mombasa and Nairobi Campuses)