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Title:Malice in Maasailand: The Historical Roots of Current Political Struggles
Author:Hughes, LotteISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:104
Issue:415
Period:April
Pages:207-224
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Maasai
conflict
history
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
colonialism
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3518442
Abstract:Current struggles for power, land and resources in Kenya's Maasailand can only be understood in a one hundred-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. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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