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Indigenous Elites in Africa
Indigenous Elites in Africa
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Indigenous Elites in Africa

The Case of Kenya's Maasai
Serah Shani
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Indigenous Elites in Africa

The Case of Kenya's Maasai
Serah Shani
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This book investigates the formation, configuration and consolidation of elites amongst Kenya's Maasai.

The Maasai ethnic group is one of the world's most anthropologized populations, but research tends to focus on what appears to be their dismal situation, analysing how their culture hinders or challenges modern ideas of economic and political development. This book instead focuses on the Maasai men and women who rise to the position of elites, overcoming the odds to take on positions as politicians, professors, CEOs, and high-end administrators. The twenty-first century has seen new opportunities for progression beyond the social reproduction of family wealth, with NGOs, missionaries, tourists and researchers providing new sources of global capital flows. The author, who is Maasai herself, demonstrates the diverse local, national, and global resources and opportunities which lead to social mobility and elite formation. The book also shows how female elites have been able to navigate a patriarchal society in their journey to attaining and maintaining elite status.

This book will be of interest to researchers across the fields of anthropology, political science, international development, sociology, and African studies.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2021
ISBN
9781000482218
Topic
Social Sciences
Subtopic
Regional Studies
Edition
1

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