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From Mukogodo To Maasai

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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.

Book News Annotation:

The Mukogodo of Kenya, once hunter-gatherers, have adopted the ways and culture of their pastoralist neighbors the Maasai, but the Maasai do not accord them equal social status. Writing mainly for anthropology students, Cronk (anthropology, Rutgers University) describes the strategic manipulation of ethnic identity by the Mukogodo. Blending contemporary notions of cultural change and hybridity with data from behavioral ecology, he uses ethnic change among the Mukogodo to illustrate patterns in African ethnography, such as daughter favoritism. B&w photos are included.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

The Mukogodo of Kenya, once hunter-gatherers, have adopted the ways and culture of their pastoralist neighbors the Maasai, but the Maasai do not accord them equal social status. Writing mainly for anthropology students, Cronk (anthropology, Rutgers University) describes the strategic manipulation of ethnic identity by the Mukogodo. Blending contemporary notions of cultural change and hybridity with data from behavioral ecology, he uses ethnic change among the Mukogodo to illustrate patterns in African ethnography, such as daughter favoritism. B&w photos are included. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Explores the strategic manipulation of ethnic identity by the Mukogodo of Kenya.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813340944
Author:
Cronk, Lee
Publisher:
Westview Press
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Masai (african people)
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Maasai (African people) - Ethnic identity
Subject:
Maasai (African people)
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Westview Case Studies in Anthropology
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9 oz

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Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Sub Saharan Africa
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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