This book examines the construction of identity and different lifestyles of the Al-Baraka shantytown community. The concepts of lifestyle and localization process are used as basic tools of analysis to develop a theoretical model that can be applied elsewhere. The localization process reveals how Al-Baraka people adopt different kinds of behaviors, institutions and activities from various origins, and re-invent them locally to be their own. The book concludes that the social identity of Sudan today is not confined to a simplistic binary opposition (Arab vs. African), but is constituted of social identities comprised of more complex sets of practiced lifestyles.
Mohamed A. G. Bakhit is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Volkswagen Foundation funded research project "Knowledge for Tomorrow - Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa", coordinated by the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF), University of Frankfurt, Germany.