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'Beautiful beasts' and brave warriors: the longevity of a Maasai stereotype

Hughes, Lotte (2006). 'Beautiful beasts' and brave warriors: the longevity of a Maasai stereotype. In: Romanucci-Ross, Lola; De Vos, George A. and Tsuda, Takeyuki eds. Ethnic Identity: Problems and Prospects for the Twenty-First Century. Lanham, MD, USA: AltaMira Press, pp. 264–294.

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This chapter (in the fourth edition of a widely respected anthropological textbook) traces the production by imperial explorers and others of a stereotypical image of the Maasai people of Kenya, the continuities to the present day, and the uses to which this stereotype has been put.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 0-7591-0973-7, 978-0-7591-0973-5
Keywords: Maasai; African warriors; representation; stereotypes; imperial travellers; missionaries; administrative policy; masculinity; Joseph Thomson; perceptions of deviance
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Item ID: 7872
Depositing User: Lotte Hughes
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 04:38
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