Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberal World

Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberal World

by Dorothy L. Hodgson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253223059

ISBN-13: 9780253223050

Pub. Date: 04/01/2011

Publisher: Indiana University Press

What happens to marginalized groups from Africa when they ally with the indigenous peoples’ movement? Who claims to be indigenous and why? Dorothy L. Hodgson explores how indigenous identity, both in concept and in practice, plays out in the context of economic liberalization, transnational capitalism, state restructuring, and political democratization.

Overview

What happens to marginalized groups from Africa when they ally with the indigenous peoples’ movement? Who claims to be indigenous and why? Dorothy L. Hodgson explores how indigenous identity, both in concept and in practice, plays out in the context of economic liberalization, transnational capitalism, state restructuring, and political democratization. Hodgson brings her long experience with Maasai to her understanding of the shifting contours of their contemporary struggles for recognition, representation, rights, and resources. Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous is a deep and sensitive reflection on the possibilities and limits of transnational advocacy and the dilemmas of political action, civil society, and change in Maasai communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253223050
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

List of Key Organizations and Documents xvii

Introduction 1

Positionings-The Cultural Politics of Representation, Recognition, Resources, and Rights

1 Becoming Indigenous in Africa 25

2 Maasai NGOs, the Tanzanian State, and the Politics of Indigeneity 63

3 Precarious Alliances 105

4 Repositionings 157

From Indigenous Rights to Pastoralist Livelihoods

5 "If We Had Our Cows" 181

Community Perspectives on the Challenge of Change

Conclusion 211

What Do You Want?

Notes 217

Bibliography 233

Index 255

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