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Author Switzer, Heather D., 1970- author.

Title When the light is fire : Maasai schoolgirls in contemporary Kenya / Heather D. Switzer
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction. "Girls are the most powerful force of change on the planet": Situating Schoolgirlhood; Chapter 1. "Now is not like before. The world has changed": Maasai Education in Cultural and Historical Context; Chapter 2. "I see that when I am in school, I will have a good life": Producing and Performing Schoolgirlhood; Chapter 3. "The medicine for fire is fire": Negotiating Schoolgirlhood; Chapter 4. "We are not enkanyakuai. ... We are just girls": Embodying Schoolgirlhood; Conclusion. Becoming "People Who Use Both Hands"; Notes
Summary A host of international organizations promotes the belief that education will empower Kenya's Maasai girls. Yet the ideas that animate their campaigns often arise from presumptions that reduce the girls themselves to helpless victims of gender-related forms of oppression. Heather D. Switzer's interviews with over 100 Kenyan Maasai schoolgirls challenge the widespread view of education as a silver bullet solution to global poverty. In their own voices, the girls offer incisive insights into their commitments, aspirations, and desires. Switzer weaves this ethnographic material into an astute analysis of historical literature, education and development documents, and theoretical literature
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Girls, Maasai -- Education -- Kenya -- Kajiado District
Maasai (African people) -- Education -- Kenya -- Kajiado District
Women, Maasai -- Kenya -- Kajiado District -- Social conditions
Educational anthropology -- Kenya -- Kajiado District
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Educational anthropology
Maasai (African people) -- Education
Social conditions
Women, Maasai -- Social conditions
Kajiado District (Kenya) -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Kenya -- Kajiado District
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019716477
ISBN 9780252050770