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Malice in Maasailand: The historical roots of current political struggles

Hughes, Lotte (2005). Malice in Maasailand: The historical roots of current political struggles. African Affairs, 104(415) pp. 207–224.

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Current struggles for power, land and resources in Kenyan Maasailand can only be understood in a 100-year context, by returning to the forced moves and land losses of the 1900s and closely examining subsequent complaints about their alleged illegality and long-term impacts. Drawing upon archival research and oral testimony, this article explains why the Maasai community's sense of loss and betrayal is so enduring. Maasai grievances stem from a feeling that they have been betrayed by the British, from the political ambitions of particular Maasai leaders, and from historical divisions between different groups of Maasai. Entangled with all these reasons for grievance is the use of history and myth in constructing nationalist and bounded identities.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1468-2621
Keywords: Maasai; British; forced moves; land losses; resistance; reparations claims; historical injustice; Kenya; political struggles; myth and myth-making;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 7871
Depositing User: Lotte Hughes
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 14:25
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