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From Mukogodo to Maasai : Ethnicity and Cultural Change In Kenya - Lee Cronk

From Mukogodo to Maasai

Ethnicity and Cultural Change In Kenya

By: Lee Cronk

Paperback Published: 1st July 2005
ISBN: 9780813340944
Number Of Pages: 192

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Explores the strategic manipulation of ethnic identity by the Mukogodo of Kenya. 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. 0813337054 That Complex Whole : Culture and the Evolution of Human Behavior 0813340934 from Mukogodo to Maasai : Ethnicity and Cultural Change in Kenya

* 1 Koisas People * 2 People Who Live in Rocks * 3 From Mukogodo to Maasai * 4 Poverty as Routine * 5 Boys and Girls, Words and Deeds * 6 Are They Maasai Yet?

ISBN: 9780813340944
ISBN-10: 0813340942
Series: Westview Case Studies in Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st July 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.66  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1