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Title:Contradictions in the Peripheralization of a Pastoral Society: The Maasai
Author:Hedlund, Hans
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:social change
economic development
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056247908703394
Abstract:Using empirical material drawn mainly from information and field notes collected among the Kaputiei Maasai in Kenya during 1970/71. the author analyses some of the most important aspects in the transformation of Kaputiei society from a pre-capitalist economy to a periphery with an underdeveloped capitalist mode of production. External forces have changed the old reproductive patterns of the Kaputiei by creating a deterioration of the reproductive foundation of the society both regarding ecology and means of production. Though the old social system persists in its old forms, it has lost most of its old reproductive functions. New processes of class formation have evolved on the base preferred by the indigenous structure, as a result of ranching schemes and other inappropriate 'development' strategies that the government has pursued among the Maasai. Sections: pastoralism - Contradictions reflected in the age-class system - Implications of capitalist ideological influences - The creation of a periphery - Changing land tenure and commercial ranching - Conclusion. Bibliographic note.