Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in by Dorothy L. Hodgson

By Dorothy L. Hodgson

What occurs to marginalized teams from Africa once they best friend with the indigenous peoples' circulate? Who claims to be indigenous and why? Dorothy L. Hodgson explores how indigenous id, either in idea and in perform, performs out within the context of financial liberalization, transnational capitalism, nation restructuring, and political democratization. Hodgson brings her lengthy adventure with Maasai to her realizing of the transferring contours in their modern struggles for reputation, illustration, rights, and assets. Being Maasai, turning into Indigenous is a deep and delicate mirrored image at the chances and bounds of transnational advocacy and the dilemmas of political motion, civil society, and alter in Maasai groups.

Show description

Read or Download Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous: Postcolonial Politics in a Neoliberal World PDF

Best native american books

After Wounded Knee

The Wounded Knee bloodbath of December 29, 1890, recognized to U. S. army historians because the final conflict in "the Indian Wars," used to be actually one other tragic occasion in a bigger trend of conquest, destruction, killing, and damaged grants that proceed to today.      On a chilly winter's morning greater than a century in the past, the U.

American Legends: The Life of Sitting Bull

"When i used to be a boy the Sioux owned the realm. The solar rose and set on their land; they despatched 10000 males to conflict. the place are the soldiers at the present time? Who slew them? the place are our lands? Who owns them? Is it fallacious for me to like my very own? Is it depraved for me simply because my pores and skin is purple? simply because i'm Sioux? simply because i used to be born the place my father lived?

"We Are Still Here": American Indians Since 1890

As well as revisions and updates, the second one version of “We Are nonetheless right here” beneficial properties new fabric, seeing this well-loved American heritage sequence quantity preserve its therapy of yank Indians within the twentieth century whereas extending its insurance into the outlet many years of the twenty first century. presents pupil and basic readers concise and fascinating insurance of up to date historical past of yank Indians contributed by means of most sensible students and teachers within the fieldRepresents an amazing complement to any U.

Paths to a Middle Ground: The Diplomacy of Natchez, Boukfouka, Nogales, and San Fernando de las Barrancas, 1791-1795

Spanish imperial makes an attempt to shape robust Indian alliances to thwart American growth within the Mississippi Valley. Charles Weeks explores the international relations of Spanish colonial officers in New Orleans and Natchez so one can identify posts at the Mississippi River and Tombigbee rivers within the early 1790s.

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

Sample text

These demands hinge on the right to self-determination and include the right to determine their own development and to control and protect their cultural knowledge and performances, material remains, languages, indigenous knowledge, and biogenetic material. Development, as much recent scholarship makes clear, is an ambiguous term used to justify an array of interventions and agendas (Hodgson 2001a; Escobar 1995; Ferguson 1990). 10 Moreover, the pursuit of their ideals and goals is predicated not just on protecting their territories and resource base, but on controlling the education and socialization of their children, improving their health and social welfare, ensuring the continuity of their languages, and protecting and maintaining their cultural knowledge and institutions.

As a result, “our cultures and way of life are viewed as outmoded, inimical to national pride and a hindrance to progress. What is more, access to education and other basic services are minimal relative to the mainstream of the population of the countries to which we are citizens in common with other people” (Parkipuny 1989). As Parkipuny claimed, this speech did indeed mark a historic moment in local, national, and international affairs; it was the first public assertion by a Maasai leader that Maasai, and indeed, certain other historically marginalized groups in Africa, were part of the transnational community of indigenous peoples.

Moreover, at the end of my research year, I organized a workshop for the leaders of the umbrella organizations and a few other NGOs in which I presented my preliminary conclusions and critiques as both an effort at transparency and a catalyst for their own reflection on their political and personal projects and practices. A few anthropologists caution even more distance, given the implication of anthropological ideas of “culture” and “indigenous” in promoting, through reterritorialization efforts, not just “hierarchies of belonging” but also ethnic cleansing: Ethnic cleansing describes the process through which people who consider themselves indigenous or (ab)original violently reclaim territories taken from them by people they consider outsiders.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.38 of 5 – based on 41 votes