The Price of Looking Sharp: An Investigation into the World of La Sape

Anna Maria Jarosz, Henry Chase Richards, Rachel Tatum & Arre Gunther Els Fonteyne

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper is an enquiry into the Congolese movement of La Sape and how a definition of said movement fluctuates amongst different discourses. La Sape is said to consist primarily of working class Congolese people dressing in expensive brand clothing, most of which they acquire after a journey to Paris or Brussels, and then flaunt upon their return to Congo. Through fieldwork and semistructured interviews that took place in Brussels and Denmark, this paper takes a stab at understanding the complex nature of the phenomenon. Using Didier Gondola and Sasha Newell’s earlier studies of La Sape as our springboard, we take a look at elements of religion, Congolese dress culture, and Western representations of sapeurs to try and grasp the elusive nature of the phenomenon.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2016
Antal sider67
VejledereChristian Groes