Kenya's new indigenes : negotiating local identities in a global context
Lynch, Gabrielle. (2011) Kenya's new indigenes : negotiating local identities in a global context. Nations and Nationalism, Vol.17 (No.1). pp. 148-167. ISSN 1354-5078Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8129.2010.00465.x
This article examines the proliferation of communities that self-identify as indigenous peoples by looking at the Ogiek, Sengwer, Endorois and Pokot of western Kenya. It shows how community leaders have self-consciously employed a global discourse of indigeneity – and associated ideas of territorial association, marginalisation and especial vulnerability – to strengthen moral and legal claims to land and resources, to access new domains of action and cultivate new channels of patronage. The analysis also highlights how this process, together with similar developments across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has prompted a re-evaluation and stretching of this global signifier at the supra-state level. Finally, the article reveals how the emergence of a new global space has provided new opportunities and strong incentives to renegotiate local “nationalisms” in a struggle for ownership and control of communal terroir, while factionalism has fed into, supported and fundamentally altered supra-national definitions.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Indigenous peoples -- Kenya, Group identity -- Kenya, Ethnicity -- Kenya, Nationalism -- Kenya|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Nations and Nationalism|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 148-167|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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