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Author Spear, Thomas T.
Title Being Maasai : Ethnicity and Identity In East Africa.
Imprint Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 1993.

Author Spear, Thomas T.
Series Eastern African Studies
Eastern African studies.
Subject Maasai (African people) -- Ethnic identity -- Congresses.
Maasai (African people) -- Social life and customs -- Congresses.
Ethnicity -- Kenya -- Congresses.
Ethnicity -- Tanzania -- Congresses.
Alt Name Waller, Richard (Richard D.)
Description 1 online resource (337 pages).
Contents Cover; Series Page; Title; Copyright; Contents; Maps, Figures & Illustrations; Contributors; Acknowledgements; I. Introduction; II. Becoming Maasai; Introduction; 1. Dialects, Sectiolects, or Simply Lects? The Maa Language in Time Perspective; 2. Becoming Maasailand; 3. Maasai Expansion and the New East African Pastoralism; 4. Aspects of 'Becoming Turkana': Interactions and Assimilation Between Maa- and Ateker-Speakers; 5. Defeat and Dispersal: The Laikipiak and their Neighbours at the End of the Nineteenth Century.
6. Being 'Maasai', but not 'People of Cattle': Arusha Agricultural Maasai in the Nineteenth CenturyIII. Being Maasai; Introduction; 7. Becoming Maasai, Being in Time; 8. The World of Telelia: Reflections of a Maasai Woman in Matapato; 9. 'The Eye that Wants a Person, Where Can It Not See?': Inclusion, Exclusion, and Boundary Shifters in Maasai Identity; 10. Aesthetics, Expertise, and Ethnicity: Okiek and Maasai Perspectives on Personal Ornament; IV. Contestations and Redefinitions; Introduction; 11 Acceptees and Aliens: Kikuyu Settlement in Maasailand.
12. Land as Ours, Land as Mine: Economic, Political and Ecological Marginalization in Kajiado District13. Maa-Speakers of the Northern Desert: Recent Developments in Ariaal and Rendille Identity; V. Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Everyone "knows" the Maasai as proud pastoralists who once dominated the Rift Valley from northern Kenya to central Tanzania. But many people who identity themselves as Maasai, or who speak Maa, are not pastoralist at all, but farmers and hunters. Over time many different people have "become" something else.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780821445686 (electronic bk.)
0821445685 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 973186815
Additional Format Print version: Spear, Thomas. Being Maasai : Ethnicity and Identity In East Africa. Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, ©1993 9780821410455


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