‘Trans-skin’: Analyzing the practice of skin bleaching among middle-class women in Dar es Salaam

  title={‘Trans-skin’: Analyzing the practice of skin bleaching among middle-class women in Dar es Salaam},
  author={Katharina Fritsch},
  pages={749 - 770}
This essay analyses skin bleaching among middle-class Tanzanian women as performative practice. It draws on empirical material from interviews with middle-class Tanzanian women as well as from advertisements in Dar es Salaam. Skin bleaching is situated at a ‘site of ambivalence’ (Butler), revolving around ‘light beauty’ as postcolonial regulatory ideal. Thus on the one hand, skin bleaching is analyzed as a practice of ‘passing for light(-skinned), embodying urban ‘modern’ forms of… 
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