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

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

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What happens to marginalized groups from Africa when they ally with the indigenous peoples’ movement? Who claims to be indigenous and why? Dorothy L. Hodgson explores how indigenous identity, both in concept and in practice, plays out in the context of economic liberalization, transnational capitalism, state restructuring, and political democratization. Hodgson brings her long experience with Maasai to understand the shifting contours and content of their struggles for recognition, representation, rights, and resources over the past twenty years. Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous is a deep and sensitive reflection on the possibilities and limits of transnational advocacy and the dilemmas of political action, civil society, and change in Maasai communities.

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