9780813340944

From Mukogodo To Maasai

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813340944

  • ISBN10:

    0813340942

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-08-05
  • Publisher: Westview Pr

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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-product of this sudden ethnic change has been to give Mukogodo women, who tend to marry up the ladder, better marital and reproductive prospects than Mukogodo men. Mukogodo parents have responded with an unusual pattern of favoring daughters over sons, though they emulate the Maasai by verbally expressing a preference for sons.

Author Biography

Lee Cronk is associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University. He is the author of That Complex Whole (Westview Press, 1999).

Table of Contents

List of Figures
vii
List of Tables
ix
Series Editor Preface xi
Preface xiii
Koisa's People
1(22)
``People Who Live in Rocks''
23(34)
From Mukogodo to Maasai
57(26)
Poverty as Routine
83(28)
Boys and Girls, Words and Deeds
111(20)
Are They Maasai Yet?
131(14)
Postscript 145(2)
Glossary 147(4)
Bibliography 151(10)
Index 161

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