Vânia Manuel Pedro
My research addresses the ethnic and national identity of the makonde residing in PSK village in Boane, south of Mozambique as they perceive, identify and differentiate themselves from other ethnolinguistic groups. In the dialogue between the two identities, does it interest me to understand when they act according to ethnic or national identity? Do these identities conflict or coexist harmoniously? When do they identify themselves only as makonde or as Mozambicans?
Drawing on ethnographic research in combination with historical methods, I explore the dialogue between makonde's ethnic and national identities in order to analyse how they define themselves as makonde in the PSK village. Likewise, I analyse what aspects or markers they use to differentiate themselves, as they see themselves in the context of national identity in a village where they live and live with people from all ethnolinguistic groups in the country.