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Title:Brothers of the Boran once again: on the fading popularity of certain Somali identities in northern Kenya
Author:Schlee, GŁntherISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies
Volume:1
Issue:3
Pages:417-435
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Kenya
Subjects:ethnic identity
social structure
ethnic relations
social change
institutional change
eating customs
Boran
pastoralists
Argobba
Karamojong
Oromo
Samburu
Somali
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjea20/1/3
Abstract:This is the second part of two special sections on the meaning and significance of identity across time and space in eastern Africa. Focusing on ethnic groups in northern Kenya, GŁnther Schlee examines the revival of ethnic affiliations which have been denied for over a generation between the Ajuran and the Boran Oromo, and between the Boran Oromo and the Degodia Somali; Jon Holtzman looks at food and eating practices as a central domain for understanding the changing politics of everyday life for Samburu pastoralists in northern Kenya; Abbebe Kifleyesus focuses on eating habits in a context of socioeconomic transformation among the Argobba of Ethiopia; Ben Knighton shows how, despite globalizing trends, African agency among the Karamojong does in fact remain robustly active in their traditions; and, focusing on the Oromo clan assembly, Andrea Nicolas examines the relationship between a possible recogniton of 'tradition' or continuity on the one hand, and innovation or 'invented tradition' on the other. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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