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Once Intrepid Warriors: Gender, Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development

Once Intrepid Warriors: Gender, Ethnicity and the Cultural Politics of Maasai Development

by Dorothy L. Hodgson
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Once Intrepid Warriors advances a brilliantly persuasive critique of development among the Maasai.... This historical ethnography is a tour de force, counter-balancing the analysis of cultural, political, and socio-economic transformation over the longue duree with intimate and memorable portraits of representative individuals." —Richard Werbner

In a series of chapters on the interrelationships of ethnicity, gender, and ‘modernity,’ Hodgson concludes that it is not the Maasai who have remained static, but rather the external images of them." — Choice

... meticulous and well-documented... a valuable resource...." —Africa

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253214515
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2004
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Dorothy L. Hodgson teaches anthropology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she is affiliated with the Center for African Studies and the Women’s Studies Department.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Introduction: Seeing Maasai
1. Gender, Generation and Ethnicity: Being Maasai Men and Women
Maasai Portrait 1. Koko
2. Modernist Orders: Colonialism and the Production of Marginality
Maasai Portrait 2. Wanga
3. Why Are You in Such a Hurry?: Development and Decolonization
Maasai Portrait 3. Thomas
4. Politics of the Postcolonial Periphery: Gender, Ethnicity and Citizenship
Maasai Portrait 4. Edward Moringe Sokoine
5. Poverty and Progress: Gender, Ethnicity and Pastoralist Development
Maasai Portrait 5. Mary
6. The Gendered Contradictions of Modernity and Marginality
Conclusion: Maasai Pasts, Maasai Futures

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