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Title:Materialism and ethnicity: the rise of Lomwe ethnic consciousness in Malawi, 1890-2010
Authors:Kayira, Gift Wasambo
Banda, Paul Chiudza
Year:2013
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Volume:66
Issue:2
Pages:39-50
Language:English
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:Lomwe
ethnic identity
leadership
1890-1899
1900-1999
2000-2009
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23611971
Abstract:The first decade of the 21st century in Malawi has been characterized by a rise of resuscitated ethnic groups. For instance, the Ngoni, the Chewa, and the Yao all seem to have regrouped to revive their common ethnic identities. Another ethnic group that has followed a similar route and suddenly risen to a position of prominence is that of the Lomwe, commonly found in Southern Malawi. The Lomwe have formed an organization called 'Mulhako wa Alomwe', with national headquarters in Mulanje District. This paper discusses factors that for a long time have shaped and consolidated ethnic consciousness among the Lomwe. The authors argue that the contemporary Lomwe atavism has been driven more by material than by common historical forces. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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