The Portrayal of Gender Stereotyping in Kiswahili Children's Literary Books in Tanzania


African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships




This study analyzes the portrayal of gender stereotyping in Kiswahili children's books. First, it examines the assignment of gender roles, status and positions, among characters in the Kiswahili Children's literary books. Second, it identifies and describes how language and its figurative aspects shape and reflect gender stereotyping in children's literary books. Third, it explores how the representation of gender stereotyping is conceived and understood by children's books stake holders. Fourth, it examines the chronological evolution of gender representation in Kiswahili children’s literary books. In addition to 30 books under analysis, questionnaires and interviews collect views and opinions of children's books stakeholders with regard to gender stereotyping in these books.