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Author Cronk, Lee.

Title From Mukogodo to Maasai : ethnicity and cultural change in Kenya / Lee Cronk
Published Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, ©2004
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 172 pages : illustrations
Series Westview case studies in anthropology
Anthropology online
Contents Koisa's people -- "People who live in rocks" -- From Mukogodo to Maasai -- Poverty as routine -- Boys and girls, words and deeds -- Are they Maasai yet?
Summary Can one change one's ethnicity? Can an entire ethnic group change its ethnicity? This book focuses on the strategic manipulation of ethnic identity by the Mukogodo of Kenya. Until the 1920s and 1930s, the Mukogodo were Cushitic-speaking foragers (hunters, gatherers, and beekeepers). However, changes brought on by British colonial policies led them to move away from life as independent foragers and into the orbit of the high-status Maasai, whom they began to emulate. Today, the Mukogodo form the bottom rung of a regional socioeconomic ladder of Maa-speaking pastoralists. An interesting by-
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-160) and index
Notes English
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Subject Maasai (African people) -- Colonization
Maasai (African people) -- Ethnic identity
Maasai (African people) -- Social life and customs
Yaaku (African people) -- Cultural assimilation
Yaaku (African people) -- Ethnic identity
Yaaku (African people) -- Social conditions
Etnisch bewustzijn.
Etnische groepen.
Ethnische Identität
Maasai (African people) -- Ethnic identity.
Maasai (African people) -- Social life and customs.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429979975